China’s Population Stalls With Births in 2021 the Lowest in Modern History

The number of newborns fell for a fifth straight year, to 10.62 million, barely outnumbering deaths
The number of newborns in China fell for a fifth straight year to the lowest in modern Chinese history, despite Beijing’s increasing emphasis on encouraging births.

Last year’s 10.62 million births, down from 12.02 million in 2020, barely outnumbered the 10.14 million deaths, the National Bureau of Statistics said Monday, suggesting the day may be near when China’s population starts to shrink. Some analysts believe the population may have already peaked.