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As census numbers puzzle, China upgrades birth data by 1m per year

Questions over 'mystery' children grow with population set to shrink

BEIJING -- A week after releasing its 2020 census, China has begun revising demographic data for most of the preceding decade upward, raising concerns about the integrity of its statistics in the face of a looming population decline.

The government is adjusting the birth data for 2011 to 2019, which was based on a small sample of the total population. This comes on the heels of suspicion over how the 2020 head count of children greatly exceeded the total number of babies reported born in the years prior.

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