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chinadaily.com.cn 2021-05-12 12:34


>China's population reaches 1.41178B

China's population will stay above 1.4 billion "for a certain period in future," said Ning Jizhe, head of the National Bureau of Statistics, at a press conference on Tuesday.

"China's population will peak in the future, but there remains uncertainty as to when specifically it will happen," Ning said.

Based on demographic trends in recent years, China's population growth will continue to slow down, he said.

He noted the growth will also be affected by factors like the age structure, people's attitudes toward having children, the government's population policies, the cost of childbearing and parenting, medical service and health conditions.

China's population on the mainland reached 1.41178 billion, growing 0.53% annually on average in the past decade according to data from the latest national census, conducted in 2020 and released by the NBS on Tuesday. The rate was slightly lower than the average annual growth of 0.57% from 2000 to 2010, according to the NBS.

"Data shows China's population has continued to maintain slow growth in the past decade," Ning said.


>Civil Code promotion campaign begins

China on Monday launched a campaign to promote the Civil Code among the public as May 28, 2021 marks the first year since its adoption.

The campaign kicked off at a ceremony held Monday in the village of Shazhou in Central China's Hunan province. According to the plan of the campaign, which has been approved by the country's top legal authorities including the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate, the campaign aims to make the public more familiar with the code's content and principles.

A Civil Code promotion campaign should be conducted annually every May, the plan noted. It also proposed promotion methods including lectures, knowledge contests and cultural activities.


>Fans can't buy votes for contestants

Online shows are prohibited from having sections in which viewers spend money to buy votes for entertainment stars, according to a notice released on Monday by the Beijing Municipal Radio and Television Bureau.

The shows are strictly forbidden from instigating or encouraging netizens to vote for their favorite online show competitors via materialistic approaches such as purchasing specific goods or memberships, the bureau said in a notice released on its WeChat account.

No institution or individual is allowed to fabricate vote statistics or influence the results of the shows by buying votes, it added.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases testifies before a House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis on the Capitol Hill in Washington, US, April 15, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

>US COVID death toll undercounted

The US has undercounted the number of deaths caused by COVID-19, Anthony Fauci, top US infectious disease expert, said on Sunday.

"You know, the model says that it's a significant amount, as you mentioned correctly, 900,000. But, you know, sometimes the models are right on line, sometimes they're a bit off," Fauci said in a TV program, responding to a question as to whether he believes the true death toll is as high as suggested by a new study from the University of Washington. "But I think there's no doubt that we are and have been undercounting. You know, we're living through a historic pandemic, the likes of which we haven't seen in over a hundred years," he said.

The US reported a total of 32,707,359 cases with 581,752 deaths as of Sunday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

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