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  1. Facing up to an ageing population

    Posted Jan 13th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... generations will be a major challenge as a low birth rate, an ageing population and longer life expectancies cause critical changes in demographic characteristics. At present, 12.1 per cent or 840,000 of Hong Kong's population are considered elderly people. In 2033, this figure is expected to rise to 26.8 per cent, or 2.24 million people. To address concerns related to an ageing ...

  2. Population getting too old, too soon

    Posted Feb 24th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in the elderly population, believed to be about 25 years away, according to a report published yesterday by a top state population agency. 'China's preparations for handling ageing problems ... society in 1999, when more than 10 per cent of its population was aged at least 60. The report said the ageing problem was the result of the surge in births between 1949 and the late 1970s, when ...

  3. Ageing population opens door to smart ideas in infancy

    Posted Apr 12th 2006, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... of populations account for a lot of the changes going on around us. Anyone who wants to invest successfully over the long term needs to take a careful look at how demographic trends are likely to affect financial markets over the next 20 or 30 years. It is well known that as societies get richer, birth rates tend to fall and life expectancies rise. So populations around the world are getting older. ...

  4. Alarm at soaring disabled population

    Posted Dec 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing Increase is seen as a consequence of social and economic development China's disabled population has soared over the past two decades in tandem ... accounting for 6.34 per cent of the population of 1.3 billion, according to the survey conducted early this year. In 1987, there were 51.64 million disabled people, accounting for 4.9 per cent ...

  5. Ageing population set to slow growth

    Posted Nov 11th 2006, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... due to an ageing population, a leading economist has warned. 'For the past 20-odd years, between 1978 and 2004, the Chinese economy benefited from its 'demographic dividend', but the situation is now changing,' said Cai Fang, director of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences' Population and Labour Economic Research Institute. 'China has enjoyed the biggest ...

  6. Shift planned in population policy

    Posted Oct 10th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kevin Huang China will fine-tune its population policy by focusing more on its composition and less on birth control, a family planning official said yesterday. Zhao Baige, a vice-minister of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, said China also aimed to focus on dealing with social problems, such as rural-to-urban migration. Speaking at the World Productivity Congress ...

  7. Population policy must strike right balance

    Posted Aug 18th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The mainland's population problem is not just one of size, but also of structure. In a worrying development, the structural problems are getting worse even though efforts to control growth are largely a success. The population is still set to increase, from 1.3 billion now to a projected peak of 1.45 billion by 2030, and the structural issues make the task of managing ...

  8. Tasmania to destroy fox population

    Posted Nov 15th 2006, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... Nick Squires in Sydney Tasmania hopes to become the largest island in the world to eradicate foxes after biologists revealed that several hundred could be breeding there. Rumours that the island had been invaded by the unwelcome predators have circulated for years, but it was confirmed only earlier this year that they have established a breeding population. There are fears ...

  9. Capital drops ambitious target for population

    Posted Jan 24th 2006, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing Beijing city planners have dropped an ambitious plan to limit the population to 16 million by 2010 from its new five-year development plan. They will instead embrace the central government goal of capping the capital's population at 18 million by 2020. The announcement by Lu Yingchuan, a deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Development ...

  10. District seats added as populations rise

    Posted Feb 15th 2006, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung

    ... Jimmy Cheung Five new elected positions will cover new towns Rapid population growth in two new towns has prompted the government to create five more elected seats in two of the 18 ... it was in response to projected population growth of 32 per cent and 12 per cent in the Islands and Sai Kung districts respectively. The decision would also keep changes to a minimum when the Electoral ...




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