Xinhua reported that the City of Beijing held a meeting on July 18 at which it did an economic analysis. During the meeting, the City agreed that it will increase its efforts to limit population growth. The article said that the surge in population has brought pressure in relation to a number of social issues, including a shortage of water, air pollution, traffic congestion, and environmental issues. The article said that those at the meeting agreed to the goal of keeping the number of the permanent resident population below 21.770 million during the second half of 2015 and below 23 million by 2020. The statistics showed that, by the end of 2014, the number of permanent residents living in Beijing had reached 21.516 million.
Source: Xinhua, July 19, 2015