Beijing will limit population growth
Beijing, where overcrowding has exacerbated the city’s traffic and environmental problems, plans to have no more than 23 million people by 2020, said a senior Beijing official and a national legislator.
Beijing Deputy Mayor Li Shixiang, also a deputy to the nation’s top legislature, revealed the figure. It is the first time that the Chinese capital put forward a new target after its population grew much faster than expected. The city’s population is 21.54 million and the city will allow a small rise to no more than 21.8 million by the end of the year.
The targeted population of 23 million was calculated based on the capability of the city’s water resources to support its residents, according to the deputy mayor.