China News Agency, Beijing, January 17 (Reporter Zhang Su) Chinese officials released data on the 17th showing that by the end of 2022, China's population will reach 1,411.75 million.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin responded to the fact that India may have surpassed China to become the most populous country in the world at a regular press conference that day.

  He said that both China and India are populous countries with abundant labor resources.

The two countries should make good use of the demographic dividend to achieve their respective development and revitalization, and make greater contributions to the future of mankind.

  Another reporter asked a question at the meeting and said that Coleman, secretary-general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), said on the 16th that China welcomes adjustments to the epidemic prevention and control measures, which will help ensure the efficient operation of the supply chain and help ease global inflation.

The reporter asked China's comment on this.

  "We have noticed relevant reports, and also noticed that more and more international professional institutions have generally believed that China's optimization and adjustment of epidemic prevention and control measures will bring major benefits to the recovery of the world economy." Wang Wenbin said.

  Wang Wenbin said that Brende, president of the World Economic Forum, said a few days ago that China's optimization and adjustment of epidemic prevention policies will further promote economic growth and help the global economic recovery.

The International Monetary Fund believes that China's economy will grow steadily in 2023, becoming the biggest positive factor for the world economy.

Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Barclays, Natixis and many other international investment banks and financial institutions have raised their forecasts for China's economic growth in 2023.

  "The Chinese government actively optimizes and adjusts the epidemic prevention and control measures according to the time and situation, which is the correct move to efficiently coordinate epidemic prevention and control and economic and social development." Wang Wenbin said that as the overall epidemic situation in China is improving and the production and living order is accelerating to return to normal, China's economic vitality and development potential will be fully released, injecting more confidence and strength into the recovery of the world economy.