Pop­u­la­tion to peak in 2025

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

A lower-than-ex­pected fer­til­ity rate means China’s pop­u­la­tion will peak in 2025, some­thing the coun­try’s lead­er­ship will have to se­ri­ously con­sider when draw­ing up its forth­com­ing na­tional de­vel­op­ment blue­print, said a se­nior Chi­nese de­mo­graphic ex­pert in Brus­sels.

China’s pop­u­la­tion is ex­pected to peak at 1.41 bil­lion in 2025 and the to­tal pop­u­la­tion in 2050 will be much lower than it is to­day, said Zhang Juwei, di­rec­tor of the In­sti­tute of Pop­u­la­tion and La­bor Eco­nom­ics at the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences.

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