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Elon Musk predicts ‘population collapse’ in China

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk suggests that China could soon face a ‘population collapse’ following Beijing’s population control program which until recently had limited most families in One-offspring China.

“Most people still think China has a one-child policy,” he said. wrote in a June 6 tweet pinned to the top of his Twitter account.

“China had its lowest birth date on record last year, despite a three-child policy! At the current birth rate, China will lose about 40% of its population in each generation!” he writes, before adding the sinister note: “Collapse of the population”.

The one-child policy was instituted by the Chinese Communist Party between 1980 and 2015 with the aim of curbing a population growth rate deemed too rapid by the regime and facilitating economic growth. Borderline violators were fined, forced to undergo abortions or sterilizations, and could potentially lose their jobs.

Until its official abolition in 2016, the policy had caused some 400 million abortions, representing about 28% of the country’s 1.4 billion people, according to official statistics. It has also led to child abandonment and infanticide of baby girls due to traditional social preferences for a son.

This decades-long policy has precipitated a demographic crisis in China, marked by a rapidly aging population and falling birth rates. Faced with a looming economic crisis due to its shrinking workforce, the Chinese regime allowed two children for couples in 2016, then increased the limit to three in 2021, along with child care benefits. children, income tax and housing to support growing families.

Children play on a playground inside a shopping complex in Shanghai on June 1, 2021. (Aly Song/Reuters)

But these measures have done little to convince couples to have more children.

China’s birth rate has been falling for five consecutive years. In 2021, about 7.52 babies were born per 1,000 people, the lowest level since the regime took control of China in 1949. In contrast, the birth rate in the United States in 2021 was 12 per 1000 people.

In Guangxi Province, an autonomous region in southern China neighboring Vietnam, authorities in March began allowing married couples to have a fourth child in eight border counties.

But the latest official data from May shows that the population of at least 15 Chinese provinces or municipalities, including Beijing, has shrunk, with 11 provinces seeing declines. This included five provinces where the number of deaths exceeded births for the first time in decades.

Recent population studies indicate that the world as a whole, which currently has around 8 billion people, is facing a problem of population decline.

One, published in the medical journal Lancet, predicts that the world’s human population will peak at 9.7 billion in about four decades before it begins to decline.

“Once global population decline begins, it will likely continue inexorably,” the authors wrote in a study published in 2020.

The Lancet study predicts that by the end of this century, China will have lost 668 million people, nearly half of its current population.

Musk spoke about the consequences of declining global population growth.

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Elon Musk (right), co-founder and CEO of Tesla, and Jack Ma, co-chair of the United Nations High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, speak on stage during the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai on August 29. 2019. (Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images)

He recently shared a clip taken at the World Conference on Artificial Intelligence in 2019, where Musk was seen sitting side-by-side with billionaire Jack Ma, founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.

“Assuming there is a benevolent future with AI, I think the biggest problem the world will face in 20 years is population collapse,” he said. “I want to emphasize this: the biggest problem in 20 years will be the collapse of the population. No explosion. Collapse.”

Ma, in the video, agreed with him. “1.4 billion people in China sounds like a lot, but I think in the next 20 years we’ll see this thing will cause big problems for China,” Ma said. population will accelerate.”

“Population collapse is the greatest threat to civilization,” wrote Musk in a May 24 tweet accompanying the short clip.

Eva Fu

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Eva Fu is a New York-based writer for The Epoch Times who focuses on US-China relations, religious freedom, and human rights. Contact Eva at [email protected]