If not for China’s one-child policy the World’s population would have hit seven billion five years ago.

China holds the largest population on earth with 1.34 billion people, but will not for long, as the fertility level has been declining for years. The reason behind it being the “family planning policy” adopted three decades ago, China has limited couples to one child, with few exceptions. Those who broke the rule were slapped with heavy fines or were forced to abort pregnancies. China’s population would now be around 1.7 billion had it not been for the family planning policy.

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