Content from the Brookings-Tsinghua Public Policy Center is now archived. Since October 1, 2020, Brookings has maintained a limited partnership with Tsinghua University School of Public Policy and Management that is intended to facilitate jointly organized dialogues, meetings, and/or events.
In 2011, world population reached historic high, exceeding 7 billion accordng to the United Nations, with at least 1.3 billion of which concentrated in China. However as birth rate continues to hit record low across the globe, China is facing daunting social challenges as its rapidly aging population threatens to impede its economic growth. In an opinion piece published by Caijing magazine, Wang Feng examines world population trends and this unique development in China, advocating for fundamental change in the country’s one-child policy before its demographic downward spiral reaches the point of no return.