Census takers will be gathering information from November 1 through December 10, according to Xinhua, and the results will be released in April 2021. In a sign of the importance ascribed to the count, state news agency Xinhua ran a story about President Xi Jinping’s own interview with two census takers. During the interview, Xi “called for good census work to provide accurate statistical information for China’s high-quality development,” according to Xinhua. Xi’s census instructions received top billing on Xinhua’s Chinese-language homepage on November 2.
Xi expressed particular interest in knowing the “population’s size, structure, and distribution.