How China Is Tackling a Population Crisis


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For decades, China has tried to rein in its population growth, forcing families to have one child only—a controversial measure that caused terrible suffering to many. Now, as it faces a growing population decline, Beijing is trying to reverse what appears as an almost inevitable trend, including by limiting abortions. In January 2023, China's National Bureau of Statistics revealed that for the first time in decades, the country's population had declined by roughly 850,000 people from the previous year and it was then standing at 1.41 billion. For a country whose massive workforce has helped push towards a rapid economic...