New Realities Drive Population Policy

The State Council has announced that health and family planning as well as food and drug safety is undergoing reorganization in order to increase efficiency. According to The South China Morning Post, the Population and Family...

Two-Child Policy?

The former head of China’s National Population and Family Planning Commission suggests that the government is considering a relaxation of its one-child policy in the face of an ageing population. From Reuters: Proposed...

Most Chinese Are Now Urban Dwellers

For the first time in its history, China now has a population that is predominately urban. The Wall Street Journal reports: The historic milestone spotlights a trend that China’s government says will be a key driver of...

World’s Most Typical Person: Han Chinese Man

National Geographic’s new series, “Seven Billion”, attempts to analyze the world’s population of seven billion people.  According to it, the most typical person in the world is a Han-Chinese male. From...

The Economist Compares Provinces with Countries

At The Economist, an interactive map matches China’s provinces and municipalities with different countries by GDP, GDP per capita, population and exports. China is now the world’s second-biggest economy, but some of its...

17 Facts About China That Will Blow Your Mind

Business Insider has posted 17 facts about China “that will blow your mind”: The speed and size of economic development going in China right now has never happened before. In just ten years, a small emerging market...

China’s Elderly Will Overwhelm The Nation

From Los Angeles Times: For three decades China’s one-child policy helped power this nation’s economic rise. With fewer mouths to feed, families saved. Poverty fell. Living standards improved. But a social experiment...

China Prepares for Urban Revolution

BusinessWeek reports on the urbanization of China, and the benefits and problems that come along with it: The numbers are overwhelming: Over the next 17 years, 350 million rural residents (more than the entire U.S. population...

Food Security: Moving Towards the Precipice?

Economic Observer interviews food expert Paul Ehrlich about food security in China (thanks to China Law Blog for the link): The pressure of rising food prices has afflicted not only China, but reflected a greater global trend...

Why China Should Move the Capital – Xinyu Mei

Xinyu Mei says that China should seriously consider moving its water-poor and overpopulated capital, from China Dialogue: …Retaining Beijing as the capital continues to present problems. A city of 20 million people located in such a water-poor area raises concerns. Should the authorities not consider the capacity of the environment? Can we really afford the […]

Nation Faces Challenges Of Graying Population – Wu Jiao

From China Daily: The country faces unprecedented challenges in economic and social spheres as a result of a fast expanding aging population, top officials warned Monday. With two working people for every retiree between 2030 and 2050, the country is expected to see the end of a decades-long advantage it enjoyed with a low-cost labor […]

Beijing’s Population Forecast to Top 21.4 mln by 2020 – Xinhua

From Xinhua: Beijing’s population is expected to top 19.5 million by 2015 and climb to 21.4 million by 2020, according to a research report released on weekend. The figure is much more than the city’s target of 18 million for 2020, according to the Strategic Report on Population of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei,” released at […]

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