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Emmanuel Todd sees China facing demographic challenges due to its ruinous one-child policy in the past. (Source photo by Reuters)
The age of 'Great China'

China unlikely to become a dominant superpower: Emmanuel Todd

French historian says government threatened by low birthrate, high education

RYOTARO YAMADA, Nikkei staff writer | China

TOKYO -- China's low birthrate, rapidly aging population and increasingly high levels of education have made it unlikely that the country will ever become the world's dominant superpower, said French historical demographer Emmanuel Todd in an interview with Nikkei.

Despite becoming the world's second-largest economy, the Chinese Communist Party will face difficult problems over the next decade, he said.

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