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China’s population is about to shrink for the first time since the great famine struck 60 years ago. Here's what that means for the world

China's population is on track to turn down this year, for the first time since the great famine of 1959-1961. Image: Unsplash/Ewan Yap

Xiujian Peng

Senior Research Fellow, Victoria University

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