China’s problems multiply with its population – Richard Spencer
THE ticking time bomb that is the Chinese population has been underlined by a report describing the huge challenges its sheer numbers – 1.3 billion and rising – will present to the country over the next 30 years.
Despite almost three decades of the one-child policy, the population will reach 1.5 billion by 2033, well in advance of previous estimates of 2050, a study by the State Population and Family Planning Commission has found.
The country is already straining from shortages of basic resources such as water and habitable land as the population grows, but the total figure is not the worst of China’s problems. [Full Text]