The world´s most populous country is facing an unprecedented crisis, as its population ages fast, tells former New York Times Shanghai-bureau chief Howard French to PBS. The fast rising demand for social security, health care and a diminishing work force, will narrow down China´s economic expansion in the near future. The aging crisis not only shows the immense failure of the one-child policy, it will also force the country to become more welcoming to much-needed immigrants.Read More →

Already underfunded and facing a fast aging population, healthcare in China is under pressure. Financial analyst Sara Hsu sees some encouraging tests in keeping costs down, but many more reforms are needed to pass the test, she writes in the Diplomat.Read More →

China´s demographic problems might stop its economic development in its tracks, writes author Howard French in the Atlantic. Not only can China not deal with its aging population, “some Chinese experts now say that the country’s economic output may never match that of the U.S..”Read More →

China will count 1.41 billion people by 2015 and then drop, says Zhang Juwei, an eminent researcher of demografic trends at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Yibada. His estimations are part of the next 5-year plan. Despite shortages “Labor supply will remain robust till 2030”, he added.Read More →

With the growth of high net worth individuals (HNWIs) in China, services for them expand. The need for luxury retirement homes is one of them, a survey supported by the Hurun China Rich List is one of them, tells Rupert Hoogewerf, Hurun founder, at the Global Times.Read More →

The population bubble created by Mao Zedong is becoming a wave of pensioners, as China’s current population – limited by a one-child policy – might not be able to sustain that grey gulf. Analyst Paul French takes a peek at the countries demographic abyss for the EastAsiaForum.Read More →

Earlier this month China’s government took the extraordinary step of forcing children to visits their parents regularly by law. Author Zhang Lijia looks in The Guardian back on how filial relations in China have been changing dramatically over the past two decades. Action is needed, she writes.Read More →

Fast urbanization often leads to stressful lives, of people living on the edge. But it can be different, author Paul French discovered at he visited Yichang, Hubei province. A relaxed urbanization in a city of 6.5 million, described in the China Economic Review. Read More →

The one-child policy has been one successful tool to eradicate poverty in China, today the growing number of old people is severely undermining the ability to pay decent pensions, warns professor Wang Jianmao of CEIBS in the People’s Daily. Companies might have to pay the bill.Read More →