China records 1st population fall in decades as births drop


              Women wearing face masks walk with their children on a street as they head to Forbidden City in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. China has announced its first population decline in decades as what has been the world's most populous nation ages and its birthrate plunges. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              A family visit the Qianmen pedestrian shopping street, a popular tourist spot in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. China has announced its first population decline in decades as what has been the world's most populous nation ages and its birthrate plunges. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              A woman feeds snack food to a child on a stroller at Qianmen pedestrian shopping street, a popular tourist spot in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. China has announced its first population decline in decades as what has been the world's most populous nation ages and its birthrate plunges. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              A man pulls a child past a Lunar New Year decoration on display at the Qianmen pedestrian shopping street, a popular tourist spot in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. China has announced its first population decline in decades as what has been the world's most populous nation ages and its birthrate plunges. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              Commuters wearing face masks walk along a street in the central business district in Beijing on Jan. 12, 2023. China has announced its first overall population decline in recent years amid an aging society and plunging birthrate. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
            
              FILE - A family poses for photos at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing on Nov. 12, 2022. China has announced its first overall population decline in recent years amid an aging society and plunging birthrate. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
            
              FILE - Children wearing cardboard lion dance masks walk along a street in Beijing on Jan. 13, 2023. China has announced its first overall population decline in recent years amid an aging society and plunging birthrate. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
            
              FILE - A boy wearing a face mask carries a Chinese flag as he walks along a pedestrian shopping street in Beijing on Oct. 6, 2022. China has announced its first overall population decline in recent years amid an aging society and plunging birthrate. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
            
              FILE - A girl wearing a face mask rides on a man's shoulders as they walk along a tourist shopping street in Beijing on Oct. 7, 2022. China has announced its first overall population decline in recent years amid an aging society and plunging birthrate. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
            
              A resident wearing a face mask walks by shuttered business shops in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. China’s economic growth fell to 3% last year under pressure from antivirus controls and a real estate slump but is gradually reviving after restrictions that kept millions of people at home were lifted. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              A woman wearing a face mask walks a dog passing by shuttered business shops for rent in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. China’s economic growth fell to 3% last year under pressure from antivirus controls and a real estate slump but is gradually reviving after restrictions that kept millions of people at home were lifted. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              A resident wearing a face mask walks by women who line up to buy snack foods at a store in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. China’s economic growth fell to 3% last year under pressure from antivirus controls and a real estate slump but is gradually reviving after restrictions that kept millions of people at home were lifted. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              FILE - Travelers walk through a trains departure board at the West Railway Station in Beijing on Jan. 15, 2023. China has announced its first overall population decline in recent years amid an aging society and plunging birthrate. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
China records 1st population fall in decades as births drop