Western media reports on China’s population being overtaken by India deliberately ignores China’s development, using the topic to “bad mouth” it and advocate decoupling, state broadcaster CCTV said on Thursday.
CCTV’s sharply worded commentary said the subtext from Western media in recent years was that China’s development was in “big trouble” and that when China’s demographic dividend disappears, it would decline, and the global economy would also suffer.
They slandered all the way and China has developed all the way, creating a miracle of sustainable and stable economic development with a huge population.”
India is overtaking China as the world’s most populous nation, and will have almost 3 million more people than its neighbour by the middle of this year, data released on Wednesday by the United Nations showed.
“The United States is stepping up efforts to contain China’s development and advocate further decoupling and found new hype points from the United Nations report,” CCTV said, adding that the West simply equated population size with development achievements.
In Beijing’s Guomao business district, Liu, a 40-year old working in finance, said it was an “inevitable phenomenon” that India’s population has exceeded China but that his country’s economic strength would dominate.
“Our economic strength will still exceed,” he said adding that India’s population growth “does not have any major impact on us. It doesn’t affect us much.”