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China’s population shrinks for the first time since 1961

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2023-01-17T02:44:40Z

China’s population fell last year for the first time since 1961, a historic turn that is expected to mark the start of a long period of population decline.

The country had 1.41175 billion people at at the end of 2022, compared with 1.41260 billion a year earlier, China’s National Bureau of Statistics said.

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