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China's population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls

China's population has crept past 1.4 billion last year for the first time, even as the birthrate continues to fall.

Beijing abandoned its one-child policy in 2016

This photo taken in 2019 shows a newborn baby at a hospital in Fuyang in China's eastern Anhui province. China abandoned its long-standing one-child policy in 2016. (AFP/Getty Images)

China's population has crept past 1.4 billion last year for the first time, even as the birthrate continues to fall.

The National Bureau of Statistics says the population on the Chinese mainland reached more than 1.4 billion at the end of 2019, with another overall gain of 4.67 million people. That marked the third consecutive year when overall number of births dropped.

China abandoned its long-standing one-child policy in 2016 in hopes of reversing what some have called a coming demographic tsunami in which China will grow old before reaching its development targets.

But the policy allowing urban couples to have a second child has shown little success amid a dearth of incentives and rising costs of living.

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