A China cresce…
Chappatte, «Le Temps»
A china atingiu os 1.34 mil milhões de habitantes; segundo fontes oficiais a causa principal não forma os nascimentos mas sim o aumento de esperança de vida neste país:
China’s population grew to 1.34 billion people last year, the National Bureau of Statistics announced Monday, marking a modest jump for a massive population and leading experts to suggest China may relax its generation-old one-child policy.
The figure of 1.3410 billion, which is preliminary and based on a sample survey, shows China added about 6.3 million people last year, up from 1.3347 billion at the end of 2009. A more accurate figure is expected to be released within the next few months after the government tallies the results of its 2010 census, the first in 10 years.
The number indicates a slower rate of growth than the previous year and experts said the decline in growth could help convince policy makers to relax the government’s strict family planning limits.
Since 1979, the government has limited families in cities to one child and rural parents to two to control its population.
“China’s population now is mainly growing because people are living longer, not because people are having lots of babies,” said Cai Yong, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and an expert on China’s population.