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  • Editor’s Picks / 27 July 2015 at 4:52 GMT

    China must act fast to fix demographic time bomb

    South China Morning Post
    The baby boom expected for China with the 2013 easing of the one-child policy has not happened. Couples allowed to have two children have decided not to, putting finances, lifestyle and careers first. The low birth rate and ageing issue mean that population control measures should be scrapped. The one-child policy has meant a rapid ageing of society, a shrinking workforce, growing numbers of elderly and a vast gender imbalance. The worse the demographics get, the more the economy will suffer through low productivity, a decline in consumerism and the need for more government funding for pensions and health care.
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