Numbers released by China's National Bureau of Statistics have put the country's population at 1.395 billion in 2018, a growth rate of .381 per cent when compared to 2017. Population of the world's most populous nation increased by 15.23 million people in 2018, marking a continued decrease in the growth rate. The total included 30 million more men than women.
As per the government estimates, China's population will peak at 1.442 billion in 2029 before beginning to decline the year after. Meanwhile, China's neighbour India, the world's second most populous nation, has also been experiencing slower population growth. Based on United Nations estimates, its total population stood at 1.362 billion this month. Following the scrapping of the one-child policy, China added more than 17 million people to its population in 2016 and
Meanwhile today, the Chinese government announced China's 2018 economic growth fell to a three-decade low. The world's second-largest economy expanded by 6.6 per cent over a year earlier, down from 2017's 6.9 per cent, official data showed.
A few days ago, even as China was suffering from slowdown of its economy amid the trade war with the United states, a senior of the ruling Communist Party of China said CPC should learn from the collapse of the former Soviet Union and warned against repeating mistakes that led to its demise.
Hu Deping, son of late reformist CPC general secretary Hu Yaobang whose death ultimately led to the infamous Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989, was quoted as saying at a seminar by the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post: "One of the fatal errors (made by the Soviets) is that they followed a political system with highlycentralised power."