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China’s shrinking population, we are told, poses an economic threat to that country, as well as an economic drag for us.

Here are the numbers: Deaths exceeded births in 2022 by 850,000. That leaves over 1.4 billion Chinese. That’s over four times the U.S. population occupying about the same land mass. More than 1 billion people would be a lot of people in anybody’s book.

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Froma Harrop is columnist for The Providence Journal.

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