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Yiyun Li
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1950s: According to China's census in 1953, the population of China is 583,000,000. The population rises fast as death rates fall, and birth rates are not curbed.

1980s: In 1982, China's census reports the population to be 1,008,175,288, an increase of about 73 percent on the 1953 figure. At this time, China's population is about one-fourth of the global population.

Today: The population of the Chinese mainland is estimated in July 2005 to be 1,306,313,812.

1950s: Although population is rising rapidly, the communist government does not implement a population policy.

1980s: China continues the population policy it instituted in the 1970s, when family planning was incorporated into the constitution. The fertility rate drops from 5.29 (children born/woman) in the 1950s to 2.63 in the 1980s. However, enforcement of the one-child policy is harsh. There are forced abortions, infanticide, and strict penalties.

Today: The population policy remains but is less strictly enforced. Rights of...

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