China’s population will peak at 1.5 billion in about 20 years while the sex ratio will continue to be heavily skewed towards males, according to a new government-backed report
According to a research report released Thursday, the population will begin to gradually drop after reaching the peak.
Meanwhile, the number of new-born baby boys will continue to outstrip that of baby girls, with 119 boys for every 100 girls, according to the national population development strategy research report. [Full Text]
This news doesn’t bode well for China’s plans, announced last January, to keep population under 1.37 billion.
See also this animated illustration of China’s population growth from 1950 projected to 2050, from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.