"China is entering a severe demographic crisis.
For several centuries, the Asian nation has been the most populous country in
the world. But it is now shrinking. In 2022, the country registered more deaths
than births, and it will soon be surpassed by India in total population size –
indeed, many demographers believe this has already occurred.
As a scholar who has studied China’s demography for almost 40 years, I know the
likelihood is this falling population will lead to an economic slowdown, with a
greater number of dependents and fewer workers to support them. Yet attempts to
reverse the trend through policy that encourages couples to have more children
have proved ineffective. China will need to turn to other measures to solve its
population problem. In short, China needs immigrants."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics