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  1. News - China - POPULATION

    New realities drive population policy, experts say

    Posted Mar 11th 2013, 12:00am by ZHUANG PINGHUI

    ... Zhuang Pinghui pinghui.zhuang@scmp.com Axing of family planning commission reflects economic, demographic changes, experts say Population policy driven by new attitudes, realities The decision to dissolve the National Population and Family Planning Commission demonstrates changing attitudes about population control after nearly a half of century of successful- if often brutal- ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - DEMOGRAPHICS

    Public asked for views on how to deal with Hong Kong's ageing population

    Posted Mar 12th 2013, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... population The views of Hongkongers are to be sought on ways to tackle problems posed by the city's ageing population. The consultation may cover questions over imported labour and the role of mainland parents' babies. Advisers on the Steering Committee on Population Policy have urged the government to follow the lead of Germany, which is reaching out through social media ...

  3. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    South Korean youth population to be halved by 2060

    Posted Jan 07th 2013, 12:49pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul South Korea’s low birth rate means the size of its youth population – those aged between nine and 24 – will be slashed in half by 2060, a government report warned on Monday. The number of young people peaked at 14 million in 1980, accounting for 36.8 per cent of the whole population, census data by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family showed. ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Seven population trends that hold the key to good public policies

    Posted Dec 17th 2012, 12:00am by JOSEPH CHAMIE

    ... Joseph Chamie Joseph Chamie offers seven population trends that cannot be dismissed Demographics provide the key to effective public policies While governments and institutions grapple ... the world's population is growing at 1.1 per cent annually, or 78 million people, half the peak level of 2.1 per cent in the late 1960s. Although the world's growth rate is continuing to slow due ...

  5. One-child rule could be eased as population ages

    Posted Jun 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... in which only one partner was from a single-child family to have a second child. But Sun Changmin, vice-director of the Shanghai Population and Family Planning Commission, told the Oriental Morning ... population over the past 30 years. But, faced with ageing society, there is a growing number of advocates, from academia and the government, for lifting the restriction. Sun did not give a timetable ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Lifestyle - Health - DEMOGRAPHICS

    Chinese researcher's story reflects country's ageing problems

    Posted Jun 07th 2013, 12:00am by Jeanette Wang

    ... Jeanette Wang jeanette.wang@scmp.com Zhao Yaohui researches the mainland's ageing population, and the problems she has found mirror those in her own family, writes Jeanette Wang ... of the population, tend to be worse off in health and wealth. Using consumption as a measure of standard of living, the poverty rate among rural elderly is 29 per cent compared to 10 per cent of urban ...

  8. Mainland population policy needs rethink

    Posted Mar 08th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in the world's two most populous nations, China and India. The words of late leader Mao Zedong, that women hold up half of the sky, resonate on International Women's Day. But the mainland's controversial one-child policy threatens an unsustainable gender imbalance. Senior population planning officials have clashed during this week's annual session of the National People's ...

  9. Mainland population to peak at 1.5b in 2043

    Posted Apr 15th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chan Siu-sin Populace will grow by another 300 million before levelling off The mainland's population will increase by 10 million a year in the next two decades and could peak at 1.55 billion in 2043, a top family planning official says. This is a drop of about three million a year from the 1990s. But Zhang Weiqing, minister of the State Population and Family Planning ...

  10. Experts sound welfare alert over ageing population, wealth gap

    Posted Feb 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung

    ... Jimmy Cheung The government will face growing pressure to pay for more social and medical services due to an ageing population and a widening wealth gap, experts have warned. Whether ... Figures released by the government showed the median age of the population rose from 34 in 1996 to 39 last year. Chua Hoi-wai, of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, warned that supporting ...




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