After a month-long delay, the results of China’s once-a-decade population census will be released on Tuesday, the country’s statistics bureau said on Sunday. The data was originally scheduled to be released in early April, but was put back first until the end of the month and then until an “indefinite” future date. The delay raised suspicions in some quarters that the government was trying to cover up perceived problems with the data, but there has been no evidence to support this speculation.
The National Bureau of Statistics said in a one-line statement last month that the country’s
population grew in 2020, after a report by The Financial Times claimed the census had found it had dropped. The data is however expected to provide further evidence of China’s looming demographic crisis driven by a rapidly ageing population.