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The Graphic Truth: Who fits in China?

China is the world's most populous country, with a whopping 1.4 billion people. In fact, many individual Chinese provinces would rank among the most populous nations on Earth in their own right. The economic powerhouse of southeastern Guangdong, China's most populous province, is home to as many people as Ethiopia. Up north, Heilongjiang's population is the roughly the same as Australia's. Even the island of Hainan, China's least populous province, is equal in population size to the Eastern European nation of Belarus. Here's a map of China, in which each province is tagged as a country with a similar population size.

China planning new policies to take on ageing population: State media

November 23, 2020 8:45 AM

China will offer extensive financial and policy support to encourage couples to have more children.

Tokyo population dips as more telecommute

October 11, 2020 5:00 AM

More people left Tokyo than moved into the bustling Japanese capital in recent months, a trend that experts believe will continue with the rising adoption of telecommuting.

Australia's population growth plunges to lowest in a century as Covid-19 hits migration and births

July 30, 2020 10:49 PM

SYDNEY - Australia's population growth is set to plunge due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has led to a sudden stop to migrant flows and an expected drop in the birth rate.

The Graphic Truth: Demographics and economic power

Updated on 08/29 to correct the positions of Japan and Germany in 2020.

Will demographic trends change the pecking order of the global economy three decades from now? Yes, but not as much as some experts have predicted. According to a new study, in 2050 China will have surpassed the US as the world's largest economy — despite China's population declining while America's keeps growing (mainly due to immigration). India will also rise economically as it becomes the world's most populous country, while Japan will stay in fourth position despite a shrinking population. We take a look at where the world's top 10 economies will be ten and twenty years from now, showing each country's projected population size.

South Korean birth rate world's lowest in struggle for balance: Report

June 30, 2020 4:08 PM

SEOUL (REUTERS) - South Korea has the world's lowest birth rate, according to a United Nations report released on Tuesday (June 30), as women in Asia's fourth-largest economy struggle to achieve a balance between work and other life demands.

China's birth rate at record low; workforce continues to shrink

January 18, 2020 5:00 AM

BEIJING • China's birth rate last year dropped to the lowest level since as far back as 1949 and the labour force continued to shrink, in the latest sign of slowing growth prospects for the world's second-largest economy.

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