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China set to report first population decline in 5 decades

Census results seen having 'huge impact' on public opinion of government policy

Children are picked up from a school in Beijing on April 6. China relaxed its family planning policy in 2015, allowing couples to have two children instead of just one.   © Reuters

BEIJING (Financial Times) -- China is set to report its first population decline since the famine that accompanied the Great Leap Forward, Mao Zedong's disastrous economic policy in the late 1950s that caused the deaths of tens of millions of people.

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