China population to reach 1.5 billion by 2033

China's population will grow to 1.5 billion people by 2033, despite the country's "one-child policy", the Beijing News said on Tuesday.

"Currently, China is adding 16 million people a year. By 2012, annual (population increase) will reach a peak of 19 million," the Beijing News quoted Zhai Zhenwu, head of a population research institute at People’s University in Beijing, as saying.

China’s population now stands at 1.3 billion.

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