China’s population growth likely to enter negative territory in 2030
China’s population is projected to reach a high of 1.442 billion in 2029, at which time the population will begin to decline due to fertility rates of only 1.6. If the rate does not increase in the next years, China’s population will begin to contract in 2027. According to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the population is projected to fall to its 1996 numbers of 1.248 billion by 2065. These projections pose significant economic risks to the country over the next decades as its population ages and its labor force stagnates.