Unformatted text preview: substantiated. Clearly an increase in population bears weight on the already semi-scarce natural resources, and destruction of more arable land through industrialization and urbanization. However, the connections with detriments to a smaller population still seem hazy at best. I would like to see a more thorough explanation of these factors. These issues beg several questions: What is the balance between limiting population to keep natural resources more available, versus delimiting population policies to mitigate the changing age dynamic in China’s policies? And moreover, why is maintaining a low fertility rate such a huge concern? Why would a rapid decline in population be “disastrous”? What are the implications of an aging nation, where the working population still remains huge? What do the regional differences in fertility rates indicate about associated socio-economic factors?...
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- Winter '12
- Demography, China’s population