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Expert doubts China's population number, saying India may be No. 1

According to the United Nations, India's population had grown to 1.33 billion in 2016

Chris Buckley  |  Beijing 

Chinese people cheering on their country’s ascent sometimes comfort themselves with the idea that Asia’s other behemoth, India, is years from surpassing China’s population and decades from emerging as a potential economic peer. But Yi Fuxiang, a Chinese scientist based in Wisconsin, boldly challenged that assumption this week in Beijing. He laid out arguments that India may already be more populous than China, a view that has created a controversy about whose numbers to believe in forecasting China’s demographic and economic destiny. “India could ...

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First Published: Fri, May 26 2017. 01:51 IST