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population is aging rapidly, a trend that will put huge strain on its economy
and pension system. China is not the only country with this problem, but it is
much poorer than many of its Western counterparts facing similar challenges.
The government is working on measures to address the problem, but these will
ultimately prove to be too little, too late.
Japan faces a daunting demographic challenge. Both the general populace and the working-age population are graying and rapidly decreasing in size. In recent years, the number of deaths has outpaced the number of births by around 300,000 per year. If the country’s birth rate remains constant, this figure will continue to rise by tens of thousands annually. ...
Dr. Stefan Lippert
With birth rates far below replacement levels, China is facing a demographic crisis. The government’s recent relaxation of the so-called ‘one-child policy’ showed its willingness to tackle the issue. But it will not solve the problem. Economic and social factors are driving the desire to keep families small, writes GIS guest expert Brendan O’Reilly. To keep the gre...
We have heard the glib predictions of doom. China is growing increasingly less competitive. Its wages are rising and innovation faltering, landing it squarely in the ‘middle income trap’ that afflicts emerging economies with rising costs as they try to move up the value chain. Though it has poured money into R&amp;D and modern equipment, productivity has stalle...
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...