Beijing looks to control population

Expecting to see the number of people living in Beijing increase by about half a million people a year for the next 10 years, city authorities are under pressure to bring the ever-expanding population in the capital under control.

Beijing saw its population increase by about 520,000 people a year from 2006 to 2010, a trend that is expected to continue until 2020, Ding Xiangyang, vice-mayor of Beijing, has said.

Such rapid population growth has strained the city’s capacity to provide public services and social welfare. The municipal government now considers dealing with the population increase to be one of its central tasks in the next five years, Ding was quoted as saying on Thursday by the Beijing News.

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