China revises population data upward

The State Statistical Office of the PRC has revised the data on the population in the country over the past ten years, noting that due to errors in the calculations, birth rates were lower than they actually were. According to the corrected data published by the Nikkei agency, the population in the PRC crossed the 1.4 billion mark in 2017, and not in 2019, as previously indicated.

The recalculation was based on the 2020 sample census, the results of which were extrapolated to the entire country. The check showed that “errors were made in the data sample from 2011 to 2019”, since the birth rate during this period was incorrectly estimated. After correcting these errors, the population data for each of the indicated years increased. According to new data, between 2011 and 2014, 90% more children were born than previously thought. Thus, the total population in 2014 and 2015 was increased by 8.64 million people, and in the period from 2017 to 2019 – by 10.03 million people per year.

Meanwhile, the new data does not cancel the problem with a record drop in the birth rate in the PRC and an aging population, which is why the country’s authorities decided to change the demographic policy. Now the government will support couples who want to have a third child.

Read more in the publication of “Kommersant” “Chinese Politburo in agreement for three.”

Alena Miklashevskaya