Joggers run alongside the Bund throughout from the Lujiazui Monetary District in Shanghai, China, on Saturday, April 10, 2021.

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BEIJING — China’s once-a-decade census confirmed that the nationwide inhabitants of the mainland was 1.41 billion folks as of Nov. 1, 2020.

The typical annual progress fee was 0.53% over the previous 10 years, in keeping with the outcomes of the seventh nationwide census, launched Tuesday.

That is down from a median annual progress fee of 0.57% between 2000 and 2010.

The inhabitants survey, which was carried out late final 12 months, was initially anticipated to be launched in April.

In 2019, mainland China’s inhabitants rose by 4.67 million to simply over 1.4 billion folks, in keeping with official figures by the National Bureau of Statistics.

A number of years in the past, Chinese language authorities started to roll again a decades-old “one-child coverage” and permit folks to have two kids. However births continued to fall, dropping 15% in 2020 in a fourth straight 12 months of decline.

Earlier this 12 months, researchers with the People’s Bank of China published a paper calling for the full removal of restrictions on childbirth. The paper additionally gave different ideas for encouraging extra births, whereas describing how China’s growing older inhabitants places the nation at an financial drawback to the U.S. and India.