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  1. China losing its 'population dividend', experts warn

    Posted Jan 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing cary.huang@scmp.com Demographers and economists are advising Beijing to keep a close watch on population figures, with the proportion of people of working age having shrunk last year for the first time in a decade. Although they insist there is no cause for alarm, they say the data provides further evidence that the country has lost its 'population ...

  2. Pressure on population policies

    Posted Apr 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ed Zhang China is ageing rapidly, its migrant population has grown dramatically and almost half the population lives in urban areas, the mainland's latest once-a-decade census has found. The results look set to intensify pressure on two controversial population policies- the one-child rule and the household registration policy, the so-called hukou that gives reduced social ...

  3. Amassing the masses: China's varied population growth

    Posted Jun 06th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Mark O'Neill A large population has been a preoccupation of the Chinese government for centuries. Historians estimate that as early as 1390 China had 65-80 million people, a figure that had doubled by the end of the Ming dynasty in the 1640s. But the population was sharply reduced by the long-running civil war by which the Qing took power, plus epidemics and natural ...

  4. Is a large population a burden to a country?

    Posted Apr 11th 2007, 12:00am by Phoenix Lee, Wong Hei

    ... Nicholas Wong Hei, Phoenix Lee Ching-kwan Nicholas Wong Hei, 17 Sing Yin Secondary School Yes. Granted, a large population helps ensure sufficient labour force in an economy. Industrial growth helps a country to rise, and it requires a large labour force. But, let's look at China. People say that China's growth is evidence that a large population is not a burden. ...

  5. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Ageing mainland faces challenges

    Posted Feb 04th 2013, 12:00am by Victoria Ruan

    ... challenges facing the nation's rapidly ageing population. The nation's working-age population of 15 to 59-year-olds fell for the first time last year, National Bureau of Statistics chief Ma ... populations mean that fewer workers are around, slowing growth unless productivity gains can be dramatically increased." The trend would also add strains to public finances and cause a shift ...

  6. Business - China Business - POPULATION

    Age of opportunity awaits in mainland China

    Posted Nov 26th 2012, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... of opportunity awaits on mainland While many would expect China's ageing population to have a negative impact on its economy, some analysts think differently. Charles Somers, a portfolio manager ... two demographic changes: an ageing population and an increasing number of people moving from villages to live and work in cities. "China has reached a stage where it has fewer young ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China's one-child policy must be changed before it's too late

    Posted Mar 23rd 2013, 12:00am by ANDREW LEUNG

    ... Andrew Leung Andrew Leung says the consequences of an ageing population for China's development will be too serious to countenance, and the outdated one-child policy must be changed ... to value family quality more than size. Demographics in most Asian emerging markets are showing a long-term greying profile, varying only in degree. The working-age populations of South Korea, ...

  8. Don't blame the global crisis on China's one-child policy

    Posted Jun 04th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with Tom Holland Pundits have been looking for someone to blame for the global economic slump ever since the subprime crisis first broke nearly two years ago. Misguided central bankers, lax regulators, greedy traders, conflicted ratings agencies and reckl ...

  9. Can Asia really fulfil its promise?

    Posted May 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... to the conclusion that the region as a whole will have to raise its game. If it does, its share of global gross domestic product could reach 50 per cent by 2050, or almost equal to its global population ... economies, the rich Asia of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. Their combined working-age populations are peaking about now. Their actual workforces may grow for the next decade ...

  10. Scrapping the one-child policy won't boost China's birth rate

    Posted Jul 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... population and economy has been small. Beijing's heavy-handed approach to family planning is in the news again after local officials in Shaanxi forced a seven-months pregnant woman to have ... of the one-child policy. According to conventional wisdom, the one child per family limit, imposed back in 1979 by Beijing, was a desperate attempt to slow China's ballooning population growth. It may ...




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