China Records First Population Fall since 1960s

The population of China fell in 2022. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, the number of the population excluding foreigners, fell by 850,000 people to 1.41 billion, reported by the country, with 9.56 million births and 10.41 million deaths this year.

The fall was the first since the early 1960s, as Yi Fuxian, the author of the book Big Country With an Empty Nest and also a critic of China’s one-child policy.

Back in the year 2021, the population growth was the slowest on record; the population rose by 480,000 to 1.41 billion at the end of the year.

Recently, Chinese health authorities declared nearly 60,000 COVID-related deaths in hospitals from December 8, 2022, to January 12, 2023. Most of the deaths were senior citizens, and the average age was 80.3 years.