China’s Population Increased in 2020, Government Says

Statistics bureau offers no details, saying only that detailed data would be released in its coming once-a-decade census report

China’s population first exceeded 1.4 billion in 2019.PHOTO: KEVIN FRAYER/GETTY IMAGES

By Jonathan ChengUpdated April 29, 2021 4:43 am ET

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BEIJING—China’s population increased in 2020, the nation’s statistics bureau said in a brief statement Thursday.

The National Bureau of Statistics didn’t elaborate, saying only that detailed data would be released in its coming census report, according to the one-sentence statement published on its website.

The release of the once-in-a-decade census results has been delayed for several weeks.

In recent years, economists have raised concerns over China’s rapidly aging population, which they warn could raise a variety of social issues and cloud the future for the world’s second-largest economy.

The Financial Times reported on Wednesday that Beijing’s census would show the country’s first population decline in five decades.TO READ THE FULL STORYSUBSCRIBESIGN IN

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