People walk in a public park in Beijing on April 15, 2023. InternationalIndiaAfricaThe China vs. India population contest has been an intriguing phenomenon for decades, as the two countries boasting the largest populations vied for top spot. Already in late 2020, it was evident that India was geared up to outpace China, with western media reports eagerly snapping up the story.The United States has been hyping up the fact that India is on track to surpass China as the world’s most populous nation, “equating population size with development achievements”, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said on Thursday.The population of India will reach 1.4286 billion by mid-2023, which will be about 2.9 million more than China’s 1.4257 billion, according to the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) “State of World Population Report”. This has prompted Western media, according to CCTV, to latch on to the story to further Washington’s agenda.
“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," the broadcaster said.