China will lose 40% of people every generation at current birth rates, says Musk

Shanghai. Most people still think China has a one-child policy, according to Musk. (Photo by Reuters)

Shanghai. Most people still think China has a one-child policy, according to Musk. (Photo by Reuters)

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KUALA LUMPUR (June 7): Tesla billionaire Elon Musk said that at current birth rates, China will lose about 40% of people every generation.

In a tweet on Monday (June 6), Musk said China had its lowest birth rate ever last year, despite having a three-child policy.

“Most people still think China has a one-child policy.

“Population collapse,” he tweeted.

In a major policy shift in May last year, China announced that it will allow couples to have up to three children after census data showed a steep decline in birth rates.

China scrapped its decades-old one-child policy in 2016, replacing it with a two-child limit which has failed to lead to a sustained upsurge in births.