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Chinese Demographic Crisis - A Result Of Beijing’s Policies

Will the slowing population growth result in a less aggressive China on the world stage?

HUAI'AN, CHINA - JANUARY 13, 2023 - A nurse helps a newborn bathe in Huaian Maternal and Child Health Hospital, East China's Jiangsu province. According to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics on January 17, 2023, China's population reached 1411.175 million at the end of 2022, 850,000 fewer than at the end of the previous year. In 2022, 9.56 million people were born, with a birth rate of 6.77 per thousand. 10.41 million people died, with a mortality rate of 7.37 per thousand. The natural population growth rate was -0.60. (Photo credit - CFOTO/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

President Xi Jinping’s unprecedented third term seems to be a time of reckoning for the country. China is struggling to cope after its stringent Zero Covid policy was abruptly lifted following widespread public protests. Now, the national census has put forth alarming data that could likely sound the death knell for Beijing’s aggressive plans of world domination.

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