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Chinese Population Myth (1)

9 October 2009

子规夜半犹啼血, 不信东风唤不回

The following is the English translation of the main points of an online article posted by Tingguang (听光) on

Often when mentioning achievement, many would just follow the West's practice by listing a string of figures representing the various industry productivity. However, in my view, when examining a nation's development, the most critical index should always be the human condition. From this point of view, the first 30 years in the history of the People's Republic of China is indeed outstanding.

Of course, when mentioning human condition, many would follow the West's argument on alleged death figure of 30 million people during the famine in the late 50s and early 60s, but which is nothing but a blatant lie.

In year 2000 census, the figure of population registered as born in 1960 is much higher than that registered in early 1980s. How it could become possible? There is only one explanation here: the population figures recorded in early 80s are wrong, which means, the chief evidence that supports the claim of the 30 million deaths during the famine is corrupted.

According to the figures released from census over the years, the total population in the mainland China doubled from 540 million to more than 970 million between 1949 and 1979. Such a massive increase cannot be achieved through raising birth rate alone in merely 30 years. Thus the main reason for the population growth can only rest on the low death rate, in particular the decrease in infant mortality and the increase of the life expectancy, both heavily relying on the improvement of the healthcare system. In a country with over 80 percent of people living in rural area, the key to accomplish this task is to establish a basic healthcare network covering most villages, which was done in China through a rural cooperative medical service system. Another critical factor that contributes to the doubling of the population in a time frame of a little more than one generation is of reducing premature deaths caused by malnutrition among the general population, which proves that the overall living condition in the first 30 years progressed greatly.

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