Chinese Population Growth and its Impact on Economy (1981-90)

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Jamila Jarwar


China is a huge country but its population even huger creating deep and perennial problems for China to feed itself. Its land area of 9,561,000 square kilometres-7.3 percent of die world total is exceeded only by the the former USSR and Canada, overall it is slightly larger than the United States. But China ranks second to none in population in 1983, 102.5 billion people-22 percent of the total on the planet-lived there (exclusive of Taiwan Province).1 The food problem is compounded die fact diat only 1,400,000 square kilometers (around 15 percent) of China's land is arable, with 0.0014 square kilometers of such land per person, China faces food self-sufficiency problems more serious than most countries

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