BEIJING — China’s inhabitants dropped by 2 million folks in 2023 within the second straight annual drop as births fell and deaths jumped.
The federal government’s statistics bureau stated Wednesday that the whole inhabitants was 1.4 billion final 12 months.
The variety of deaths greater than doubled to 690,000. Demographers have been anticipating an increase in deaths within the early a part of final 12 months due to the sudden lifting of China’s COVID-19 restrictions in late 2022.
The variety of births fell for the seventh 12 months, although by lower than in earlier years. About 9 million infants have been born final 12 months, half of the whole in 2016.