Chinese ageing rate "rarely seen in the world"

Chinese women sitting

China has a rapidly increasing elderly population the growth rate for which has been rarely seen before in the world. That's according to the World Bank's Lead Economist for China, Philip O'Keefe. People over the age of 60 now account for 13.3% of the population, a trend fuelled, in part, by the one-child policy. With fewer children being born and the population declining, the relative number of old people, who were born before the policy came into effect, has increased. The World Bank's Philip O’Keefe, says that China needs to set what he describes as a "new course" to look after this ageing population.

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