The opinion piece comes amid growing concern about the country’s population crisis, which has pushed local governments to roll out a series of pronatalist policies to address the declining fertility rate and rapidly ageing population.
Births in China have been falling for four consecutive years since 2016 and hit a record low of 12 million in 2020. In some provinces, births are set to drop by close to 20 per cent this year.
Some demographers estimate China could go into population decline as early as this year.
I’ve been reading Zeihan for years. The population drop was never going to be a surprise to those who don’t lie for a living.
“This is what a country looks like when it is going out of history.”