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China to maintain family planning policy

(Xinhua)

08:58, October 31, 2011

File photo taken on Dec 9, 2010 shows people queuing for taking buses at a bus station in Beijing. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING - China will adhere to its family planning policy so as to maintain a low reproduction rate, said the country's family planning chief on Sunday, expected to be the eve of the world's population reaching seven billion.

"Over-population remains one of the major challenges to social and economic development," said Li Bin, director of the State Population and Family Planning Commission in an exclusive interview with Xinhua, adding that the population of China will hit 1.45 billion in 2020.

Li said maintaining and improving the existing family planning policy and keeping a low reproduction rate, along with addressing the issues of gender imbalance and an aging population, will be the major tasks in the future.

Li's words came just one day before Oct 31, the day on which the United Nations estimates the world's population will reach seven billion.

Zhai Zhenwu, a leading Chinese demographer, said earlier this week that China's family planning policy had postponed this day for at least five years, as it prevented 400 million people from being added to the country's population, which is 1.34 billion at present.


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