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A Chinese woman and her baby in Tiananmen Square. China's natural growth rate sank to another low of just 0.034% in 2021, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The crisis of population decline looms large even in China with its 1.4 billion people -- and the reality could be harsher than the official data, a China expert warns.

In the world's most populous country, the growth rate of the population sank to another low in 2021. China recorded a birthrate of 0.752% and a death rate of 0.718%, resulting in a natural growth rate of 0.034%, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. In 2020, the natural growth rate was 0.145%.

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