Chinese media reported that local governments have recently released their residential population data for 2021. According to China Business Network, Among the 23 provinces that have made their data available, nine provinces experienced a decline in population growth. Among these provinces, only four had more than 500,000 births in 2021, with Guangdong being the only province with over 1 million new births. In terms of birth rates, only Guizhou and Qinghai provinces had birth rates higher than one percent. Nine provinces showed negative population growth, including Hebei, Jiangsu, Hunan, Hubei, Shanxi, Chongqing, Inner Mongolia, Shanghai and Heilongjiang.
Source: Radio Free Asia, April 5, 2022