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  • Chinese population to decline further by 2025
  • Consistent low fertility rate prompts population slump in China
  • India to surpass China as most populous nation by 2023

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Owing to low fertility rate, Chinese population to see negative growth by 2025

As per the birth data for 2021, the number of new births last year was the lowest in decades in several provinces. Chinese demographers have also predicted negative population growth to be a dominant trend in the coming time. 

China's population is predicted to see negative growth by 2025 due to a consistent low fertility rate . According to China's Population Head Yang Wenzhuang, Chinese population growth has declined significantly and is expected to enter a negative growth during the current 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-25). He added that China's birth rate will continue to shrink for more than a century.

As per the birth data for 2021, the number of new births last year was the lowest in decades in several provinces. Chinese demographers have also predicted negative population growth to be a dominant trend in the coming time.

Amid decrease in child births due to its draconian one-child policy, China in 2016 permitted couple to have two children. The policy failed to see an upsurge. In another policy shift last year, China allowed couples to have three children.

China, at present is the most populous country in the world, followed by India. The latter is expected to surpass China as the world's most populous nations by 2023.

Also Read: India to surpass China as world’s most populous nation in 2023: UN report

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