China's population could reach 1.27 billion by the year 2000 - 70 million more than the current target, the nation's top family planning official said. State Family Commission Minister Peng Peiyun said the goal of holding the number of people in the world's most populous nation to 1.2 billion at the turn of the century no longer seems realistic, the official China Daily reported Tuesday. Peng is the highest-ranking official to acknowledge that the target set in the 1980s will not be achieved, although other Chinese demographers have estimated the population in the year 2000 will be between 1.25 and 1.28 billion.