China plans to recruit 6.5 million people to carry out its once-a-decade census of the world's most populous country, the official Xinhua agency said on Sunday.

Most of the counters, who will work for about 1 to 2 months, collecting data on between 250 to 300 people, will be local residents in the areas they survey, said Feng Nailin, head of National Bureau of Statistics' population and employment statistics department.

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