According to the United Nations, India will surpass and ailing China as the world’s most populous nation by the end of this month.
The achievement prompts concerns about India’s ability to duplicate China’s economic growth and rise to prominence as a significant world power.
The announcement coincides with India’s promotion as a rising worldwide power as the G20 Summit’s host country this year.
Multinational corporations looking to lessen their dependency on China are finding it an increasingly attractive location.
According to a news release from the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, India’s population is predicted to exceed 1.425 billion by the end of April, surpassing mainland China’s.
When India’s population surpasses, China’s is uncertain.
It might have done so already. According to demographers, it is hard to calculate a date due to the limitations of demographic data.
One more U.N. According to a forecast from last week, India would have 2.9 million more people than China by the middle of the year.
The projections have not received an official comment from the Indian government, which has not conducted a census since 2011.
China and India are neighbors with a complex relationship that includes strong trade ties and a protracted border conflict. India, the largest democracy in the world, is increasingly seen by the United States and its allies as a counterweight to China.
However, their priorities don’t always coincide. Contrary to many of the West, India has taken a neutral posture towards its Cold War ally Russia’s involvement in the conflict in Ukraine, even as India’s purchases of Russian oil have increased.
Observers claim India can mimic China’s economic growth due to its size and young population.
Beginning in the 1990s, young people flocked to China’s cities in droves to accept manufacturing jobs, which played a crucial role in the boom that saw China’s economy grow to become the second largest in the world.