Preliminary results from history's biggest census, issued on October 27, reveal that China has more than one billion (1,000 million people, but that strict family planning measures have slowed the rate of increase.
1982: Canton (Ling)
SV PAN Cyclists riding past street posters urging them to take part in the census in Canton. (3 SHOTS)
SV PAN/GV People passing loud-speaker announcing census. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN People entering Census Registration Centre.
SV/CUT INT Census official filling form at desk while old man looks on. (2 SHOTS)
GV EXT Census officials calling at private house.
CU PAN & SV INT FROM TV set TO official helping residents fill in census form while women with baby sit and watch. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Traffic and pedestrians in Canton street.
1980: Beijing Region (BBC)
SV & GVs Peasants planting food crops. (4 SHOTS)
CU PULL BACK TO SV/CU Women showing birth control book to reporter. (2 SHOTS)
CU/SV/GVs Schoolchildren in class singing and playing. (8 SHOTS)
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Background: Preliminary results from history's biggest census, issued on October 27, reveal that China has more than one billion (1,000 million people, but that strict family planning measures have slowed the rate of increase. China's Statistics Bureau say the census, conducted by five million officials over 15 days in July, 1982, show there are now about 1,008 million Chinese on the mainland. If Chinese living in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao were included, the Bureau says the total would be almost 1,032 million, or more than a quarter of the world's total population. The figures for the mainland show China's population has increased by 314 million since the last census in 1964. The official New China News Agency says the natural growth rate has dropped from 27.8 per thousand in 1964, to 14.55 per thousand in 1981.