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China’s seventh population census reveals that Xinjiang has experienced a steady population growth, higher than the national average. But certain ethnic groups experienced faster growth than others. How can we unpack this data without jumping to conclusions?
Distinguished Research Fellow
Zhejiang Normal University
Prof. Barrie Vveiss
Founder of Best China InfoCGTN YouTube Channel
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In This Story: Census
A census is the procedure of systematically enumerating, and acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. This term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common censuses include agricultural, traditional culture, business, supplies, and traffic censuses.
One of the world’s earliest preserved censuses was held in China in ad 2 during the Han Dynasty. The population was registered as having 57,671,400 individuals in 12,366,470 households.
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Xinjiang, an autonomous territory in northwest China, is a vast region of deserts and mountains. It’s home to many ethnic minority groups, including the Turkic Uyghur people. The ancient Silk Road trade route linking China and the Middle East passed through Xinjiang, a legacy that can be seen in the traditional open-air bazaars of its oasis cities, Hotan and Kashgar.