China’s ‘Long-Term Time Bomb’: Falling Births Drive Slow Population Growth

A census shows the most sluggish growth in the population since the 1960s, fresh evidence of a looming demographic crisis that could complicate Beijing’s ambitions.


By Sui-Lee Wee

China’s population is growing at its slowest pace since the 1960s, with falling births and a graying work force presenting the Communist Party with one of its gravest social and economic challenges.

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