China’s population has slowed significantly and is expected to start shrinking before 2025. This was announced by the state backed Global Times reported, citing a senior health official.
Birth data released showed that the number of new births in 2021 was the lowest in decades in several provinces.
The number of births in central Hunan province fell below 500,000 for the first time in nearly 60 years, the Global Times said. Only China’s southern Guangdong province has had more than 1 million new births, it said.