Wang Feng, a leading demographer from the University of California, Irvine, has, however, dismissed Yi's claims about the shrinking population. 'He's a person with a political agenda and [who has been] a consistent critic of the Chinese government's policy ... [so] his numbers should not be taken at face value,' he told The Guardian.

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