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The good economic news behind China's population free fall

Comparison with South Korea reveals reasons to be optimistic

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Students rush out of an exam site after finishing the National College Entrance Examination in Rongshui Miao Autonomous County in June 2021: regional demand for higher education has barely begun to be tapped.   © VCG/Getty Images

Lauren A. Johnston is visiting senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide. She is founder and managing director of New South Economics.

China's just-released socio-economic data for 2021 reveal a population growth rate just ahead of its death rate, at 0.75% versus 0.72%, implying China's imminent entry into the club of population decline countries.

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