China’s demographic shift places nation at a crossroads

Some cities in China have allowed companies to postpone pension payments (photo:dpa)
Some cities in China have allowed companies to postpone pension payments (photo:dpa)

CHINA’S controversial one-child policy, originally introduced to alleviate food shortage problems and raise living standards, has received substantial support from citizens for the most part of the three decades it has been in place. Yet cracks are beginning to emerge from within. GIS guest expert Yuen Sin says signs point to a population both ageing and in decline which will place a strain on China’s shrinking labour force and increase pressure on the government to undertake significant structural reform.

CHINA'S population is greying – rapidly. The number of people aged over 60 is forecast to rise by 133 million between 2015 and 2030 to reach 340 million, according to United Nation...

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