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China's newborns confront world of 7 billion people

(People's Daily Online)

16:37, October 31, 2011

A leftover child is standing outside the hillside in Min County, Gansu province. (Photo/Xinhua)

Edited and Translated by Zhao Guobing, People's Daily Online

Based on an assumed birth rate of more than two babies per second, the United Nations forecasts that the global population will reach 7 billion on Oct. 31, 2011.

Zhai Zhenwu, dean of the Society and Population Institute of the People's University of China, indicated that China’s family planning policy had helped it reduce the population by approximately 400 million people, which played a decisive role in postponing this day for five years.

As the world's most populous developing country, China's population has always being in the world’s spotlight. Thanks to the family planning policy, which has been carried out since the 1970s, China’s rapid population growth has been under control, which has reduced the population pressure on the environment and has greatly boosted the economy. Since the reform and opening up policy, China’s economy has continued to grow rapidly, while the population growth rate has been kept below world’s average level.

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