Bei­jing will limit pop­u­la­tion growth

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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