2021-05-12

Foreign media exaggerated China’s population crisis, and Hua Chunying asked:Is 1.4178 billion more than the total population of the United States and Europe combined?

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On May 12, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying presided over a regular press conference.

A reporter asked questions. On the 11th, China announced the results of the seventh census. Previously, the”Financial Times” published a so-called exclusive news, saying that the reason why China did not publish the census results in the first time was because the total population was already less than 1.4 billion, which was the first decline since the 1950s. After the results were announced, some US and European media also exaggerated that this was the slowest growth rate since the 1960s and was a long-term “time bomb” for China, saying that China is facing a demographic crisis, and that China’s birth rate has fallen and the aging problem has intensified. , The shrinking labor force will have a serious impact on the Chinese economy, and it is predicted that in the foreseeable future, China may not be able to replace the United States as the largest economy, and it will even affect the realization of the Chinese Dream. What does the spokesperson think about this?

Hua Chunying said, I have noticed the reports and comments made by some media in the United States and Europe surrounding the China Census. You mentioned the so-called exclusive news by the Financial Times just now. I don’t know if the person who published an”exclusive report” in this media published a corrective report after the authoritative news about the census was released yesterday in China?

Hua Chunying introduced that according to the authoritative release of National Bureau of Statistics, China The current population is 1.417.8 billion, which is 5.38%higher than the increase in 2010, with an average increase of 0.53%. This data shows that China’s population has continued to maintain a low-speed growth trend in the past ten years, and China’s total population has continued to grow and is still the world’s largest populationLarge country also mentioned China’s population quality has been steadily improving, and the population is affected The education level has been significantly improved, the population structure has been adjusted and changed, the gender structure has improved, the trend of population flow and gathering has become more obvious, and the level of urbanization has continued to increase. In particular, I want to remind everyone that the press conference held by the State Council Information Office yesterday also pointed out that Han population Compared with 2010, it has increased by 4.93%. The population of each minority has increased by 10.26%. The proportion of China has risen by 0.4%. I think the steady growth of the ethnic population actually fully reflects the overall development and progress of all ethnic groups in China.

Hua Chunying said that at the same time, the census data also reflected some structural contradictions facing China’s population development, such as The working-age population and women of childbearing age have declined, the degree of aging has deepened, the fertility rate has fallen, and the number of births has fallen.

“In response to the concerns of some American media you mentioned, I don’t know if they have noticed, China’s population is 1.4178 billion, isn’t it still more than the total population of the United States and Europe combined? I don’t know how the relevant media reporters became Demographics experts and sociologists, how did they come to the conclusion of China’s population crisis?” Hua Chunying said, I have seen these in the past few days U.S. Population According to the latest data released by the Census Bureau, the growth rate of the U.S. population has fallen At the lowest level, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics found that the number of babies born in the United States last year dropped by 4%compared to the previous year. The declining birth rate and the aging of the population are common problems faced by developed countries. With the continuous economic and social development of various countries, especially the population brought by the modernization of industrializationInfluenced by the concept change of fertility, low fertility has become a common problem faced by most developed countries, and perhaps it will also be faced by China in the future The real problem. Therefore, at the press conference of the State Council Information Office yesterday, the person in charge of the relevant department also said that to dialectically look at the impact of population changes on the social economy, China will promote high-quality development and formulate targeted population-related strategies and policies. It has been clearly stated in the outline of the 14th Five-Year Plan that it is necessary to promote the realization of an appropriate fertility level, reduce the cost of family parenting and education, and release The potential of fertility policies.

Hua Chunying said that looking back at almost every key stage of China’s development over the past few decades, The West will make all kinds of judgments and predictions about China, and there will be all kinds of arguments, all kinds of”China threat theory” or”China collapse theory.” However, as China continued to develop, all such arguments were later defeated by facts one by one. China has embarked on a new journey of building a modern socialist country in an all-round way, and we will continue to move forward firmly along the path that has been proven to be correct. I hope that those who are keen to make various arguments can live as healthy and happy as we Chinese people, and to meet and witness the realization of the”Chinese Dream” together.

Edit:Su Zhan