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Jan 11, 2019 05:37 PM
SOCIETY & CULTURE

As Shrinking Population Rumors Persist, Authorities Says Issue Is ‘Of Concern’

The number of women of childbearing age in China peaked in 2011 and is in decline, corresponding with the declining number of births. Photo: VCG
The number of women of childbearing age in China peaked in 2011 and is in decline, corresponding with the declining number of births. Photo: VCG

A population expert has painted a grim picture of China’s future demography as rumors swirl that the nation’s population is shrinking.

Tao Tao, a population researcher at Renmin University in Beijing, said the number of women of childbearing age, defined as 15-49, peaked in 2011 and is in decline, corresponding with the declining number of births.

The researcher was invited to speak at a routine press conference held by China’s National Health Commission (NHC) on Thursday, in which the government health planner indirectly responded to research that suggests China’s population is in decline.

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