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China’s population shrinks faster than expected

It was an unassuming announcement. The health department in Beijing announced in August that the country’s population had peaked and would begin to shrink between 2023 and 2025. “The turning point is right around the corner,” Yong Cai, a sociologist at the University of North Carolina, summed it up in a paper in the journal Nature. “I won’t be surprised if population decline is reported at the end of this year.” That it will happen seems almost inevitable.

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