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Birth rate drops to record low

China’s population has once again grown very slowly – by 480,000 to a population of 1.413 billion in 2021. These figures were published by the National Bureau of Statistics of China in Beijing on Monday. Officials are particularly concerned about the birth rate: According to official figures, the number of newborns fell by 11.5 percent to 10.6 million. The birth rate thus slipped to a drastic 7.5 newborns per 1,000 people. It is the lowest figure recorded in the China Statistical Yearbook since 1978 and also the lowest since the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949.

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