(Yicai Global) Feb. 7 -- China's population is expected to reach about 1.42 billion by 2020 as the fertility rate rises to about 1.8 from 1.6 two years ago, state-run broadcaster CCTV reported today, citing a National Health and Family Planning Commission document.
The mainland's head count stood at around 1.375 billion at the end of 2015, official data show. That means expected population growth during the period covered by the government's 13th Five-Year Plan will be about 45 million.
From the start of last year, China began allowing couples to have two children after changing the law governing the so-called one-child policy. Introduced in 1980 to curb rapid population growth, that policy has been relaxed to help address the issue of an aging population.