China’s population falls for first time since 1961, highlights demographic crisis

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By Albee Zhang and Farah Master BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) -China’s population fell last year for the first time in six decades, a historic turn that is expected to mark the start of a long period of decline in its citizen numbers with profound implications for its economy and the world. The drop, the worst since 1961, the last year of China’s Great Famine, also lends weight to predictions that India will become the world’s most populous nation this year. China’s population declined by roughly 850,000 to 1.41175 billion at the end of 2022, the country’s National Bureau of Statistics said. Lon…

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