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Graphic shows Indian and Chinese population growth from 1950-2100, and top ten most populated countries by mid-2023.


India to overtake China in population stakes

By Jordi Bou

April 20, 2023 - India is poised to overtake China as the world's most populous nation, with almost 3 million more people than its neighbour by the middle of this year, marking a historic shift for the two Asian neighbours.

India’s population surpassed 1,429 billion, slightly higher than China’s 1.426 billion people, according to mid-2023 estimates by the UN’s World Population dashboard.

Population experts using previous data from the UN have projected India’s population would surpass China's this month, but the global body's latest report did not specify a date.

Although both nations will account for more than a third of the estimated global population of 8.045 billion, population growth in both has been slowing, albeit much faster in China than India.

PUBLISHED: 20/04/2023; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images