Beijing’s population fell for the first time in 2 decades

FOR the first time in 20 years, the Chinese capital of Beijing’s population has dropped, according to official data. The Standing Committee of Beijing Municipal People’s Congress said the number of Beijing’s permanent residents stood at 21.707 million in 2017, which was 22,000 fewer than the number in 2016, Xinhua reported. The committee had reviewed another report which found the number of permanent residents in the city’s six urban districts continue to decrease. In the past three years, Beijing’s permanent residents declined by 740,000 permanent residents in the six districts, down three percent in 2016 and 2017, the report said. The falling number of residents falls in line with Beijing’s plan to tackle “big city diseases” such as congested roads and pollution, among others. SEE ALSO: Will Vietnam follow China down the pollution path?  What this means The government’s move to address overpopulation of the megacity is also done with resource shortages and house price inflation in mind. According to Reuters, the bustling city’s population rose by two thirds since 1998 and with it the energy consumption. The number of vehicles also tripled, leading the government to cap its population at 23 million by the end of the decade. ... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Beijing’s population fell for the first time in 2 decades, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Beijing’s population fell for the first time in 2 decades





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Published By: ASIAN CORRESPONDENT - Thursday, 22 November



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