The following plots show the percentage distribution of the world’s population over a 2400 year period. To my surprise China had over a third of the world population during much of the 1800s, while the Indian subcontinent has historically had a higher share than now. It’s interesting to see the growth of the New World in the bottom right plot too. One expects Asia minus China and Africa to have significant proportional growth at least in the first half of this century.
http://www.worldhistorysite.com/population.html – using Colin McEvedy and Richard Jones, Atlas of World Population History (Penguin, 1978)