By mid-2023, the UN predicts India’s population will surpass China’s by 2.9 million
By the middle of this year, India will have nearly 3 million more people than its neighbor, China, making it the most populous country in the world. The UN unveiled this information on Wednesday through the data they published.
“State of the World Population Report”
According to this year’s “State of the World Population Report” from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), India will have 1.428 billion people by mid-year, 2.9 million fewer than China, which will have 1.425 billion.
The United States ranks third, with a projected population of 340 million as of the conclusion of June, according to data from a report released in February.
Top 5 populated nations in the world According to the recent report
India (1.429 mln)
China (1.426 mln)
USA (340 mln)
Indonesia (277.5 mln)
Pakistan (240.5 mln)
Hard to evaluate the exact population
UN population officials have stated that it is impossible to pinpoint a time due to the uncertainty surrounding data from China and India, where the most recent census was held in 2011 and the next, scheduled for 2021, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chinese Population Decline
China’s population decreased last year for the first time in 60 years. This historic development is expected to indicate the beginning of a protracted period of population decline, with significant ramifications for the country’s economy and the rest of the world.
Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, claimed that population dividends depended not only on quantity but also on quality.
“Population is important, but talents are also important. To address population aging, China has taken proactive measures,” Wang told reporters on Wednesday.
“Anxiety about the Population”
India didn’t react to the reports
India did not publicly respond to the data, and a federal minister claimed that a Wednesday cabinet meeting did not cover it.
According to government statistics, India’s population has grown by 1.2% annually on average since 2011, down from 1.7% in the prior ten years.
According to a poll of the public carried out by UNFPA for the 2023 report, in India, Brazil, Egypt, Nigeria, and other countries, it was widely believed that;
# Each country’s population “was excessively large.”
# Each country’s rates of fertility “were excessively high.”
The agency’s India representative, Andrea Wojnar, released a statement saying that the survey’s results “indicate that population anxieties have seeped into large portions of the general public.”
The population figures, however, shouldn’t raise any red flags or cause alarm. As long as individual rights and preferences are respected, they should be viewed as a sign of development, progress, and aspirations.
According to Poonam Muttreja, a representative of the nonprofit organization Population Foundation of India, India had done many things correctly in its attempt to combat population growth.
Nevertheless, she added in a statement, “We require ensuring that girls and women are not pressured into premature marriages and pregnancies, which restrict their aspirations.”