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  • Oct 26, 2014
  • Updated: 1:05am

Ageing Population

Party like it's 2007 again? Don't hold your breath

Five years after the global financial crash, it is perhaps not surprising that so many regional bosses (and economists, who should know better) are clawing for evidence that recovery is close at hand.

Wednesday, 26 March, 2014, 11:57pm

Experts' views on Tsang’s budget

Wu Boxiong, associate professor of economics at Hong Kong Baptist University.


Q: What do you make of Tsang’s decision to trim sweeteners by at least 30 per cent from the HK$33 billion doled out last year, and his warning that the city’s more than HK$700 billion financial reserves could dry up due to the ageing population?

26 Feb 2014 - 4:20pm 2 comments

IPO hopeful's business is built on a dead certainty: hundreds of millions of Chinese will die one day

Before Santa Claus visits Hong Kong this Christmas, a mainland firm in the “death care” business aims to go public in the city, offering investors the gift of a rare opportunity to make some quick cash, bankers say.

4 Dec 2013 - 3:59am

Chinese researcher's story reflects country's ageing problems

Zhao Yaohui has been working out of her office at Peking University's National School of Development for almost a decade, and it shows.

13 Jun 2013 - 11:15am

Queues at first centre offering to register wills or help draft them

More than 100 elderly people visited a will registration office in Beijing's Xicheng district yesterday a day after it opened, Chen Kai, co-founder of the Beijing Sunny Senior Health Foundation, said.

23 Mar 2013 - 5:35am

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

Thanks to longer life expectancy and the one-child policy, for well over a decade China's fertility rate has remained below replacement levels. According to the US National Institute on Ageing, the number of elderly aged 65 and above in China will grow from 110 million in 2011 to 330 million by 2050.

23 Mar 2013 - 2:55am 2 comments

Middle-aged women being overlooked in the workplace

The government appears to be taking the issue of our ageing population seriously, with Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah making it a focus of his latest budget report. Policy debate seems to concentrate on two areas - reversing the low fertility rate of young women and addressing the burden of the elderly currently living in poverty. Both are critical problems that need fixing, fast.

15 Mar 2013 - 5:06am 1 comment

Germany maps out clear vision on ageing population as Hong Kong struggles

Brigitte Dersch retired from her engineering job five years ago and, at the age of 70, she says she has little to fear from the future. She enjoys dancing with her friends in the studio of a "creative home" that is funded by the German government to encourage more interaction between the generations.

12 Mar 2013 - 8:59am 4 comments

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

12 Mar 2013 - 7:53am

Ageing population tops Tsang's budget agenda

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah turned his sights to the future in his sixth budget. He pledged to deal with the financial challenges posed by an ageing population while offering a HK$33 billion package of one-off fiscal relief measures.

28 Feb 2013 - 5:47am 2 comments

Zhejiang woman 'abandons' second child to avoid fines

A woman in China’s eastern Zhejiang province ''abandoned" her recently-born second child, a two-month-old baby girl, only to ''adopt'' her later - hoping to avoid fines from birth control authorities, Zhejiang based Qianjiang Evening News reported on Friday.

8 Feb 2013 - 3:50pm

Hong Kong should take its cue from Singapore for a sound population policy

Both Singapore and Hong Kong share very similar population characteristics: a rapidly ageing population and very low fertility rates. Both worry about the negative impact of a shrinking workforce with an ageing society.

7 Feb 2013 - 2:41am 15 comments

Ageing mainland faces challenges

A nursing home located near a diplomatic area in Beijing cares for 26 people aged between 60 and 92.

4 Feb 2013 - 4:16am

China Bio-Med unlocking growth in a greyer future

An ageing population may present challenges for society at large, but for companies involved in the health care business it means growing opportunities.

4 Feb 2013 - 2:50pm

Singapore's bid to start baby boom

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is cranking up a national debate on babies this month, with proposals to Parliament that would attempt to stem the country's slumping birth rate. Penelope Sim isn't listening.

28 Jan 2013 - 6:02am