February 28, 2011
China Claims Population Of 1.34 Billion
China said on Monday that its population increased by 6.3 million last year to hit 1.341 billion people by the end of 2010. This is roughly equal to the population of the city of Rio de Janeiro.
Although an early estimate, final counts will be published in April when the Chinese government finishes tabulating data from the nation's first full census in a decade, AFP reports.
China's first full census in 1954 counted a population of 594 million. China's last full census in 2000 calculated 1.295 billion.