Big mistake?  China had nearly 12 million children in the 2010 census

Big mistake? China had nearly 12 million children in the 2010 census


China appears to have undercounted the number of children born between 2000 and 2010 by at least 11.6 million, which can be described as a serious mistake.

The error appears to have occurred in part because of its strict one-child policy.

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China appears to have undercounted the number of children born between 2000 and 2010 by at least 11.6 million, which can be described as a serious mistake.

The error appears to have occurred in part because of its strict one-child policy.

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In the latest statistical yearbook published by the government, 172.5 million children were born during this period. It is well above the 160.9 million recorded in the 2010 census in the age group.

The difference could be due to some parents failing to register births in order to avoid punishment for violating the one child policy.

China has been allowing couples to have a second child since 2016.

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Around 57% of the registered children were girls. Part of the discrepancy may have arisen because the parents may have avoided reporting girls so they can look after a boy.

The November 1, 2010 census would also have missed births in the last two months of the year. Also in the census surveys the deceased or emigrants are not taken into account.

(With contributions from agencies)

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