Zhao Yaohui has been working out of her office at Peking University's National School of Development for almost a decade, and it shows.Thursday, 13 June, 2013, 11:15am
In the coming years, China's economic dominance will continue to increase, assuming there is sustained internal cohesion and a peaceful international environment. However, the nature of this growth is shifting, and the pace of change may be significantly faster than anticipated.18 Mar 2013 - 1:41am 2 comments
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
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 - efforts to control the mainland's birth rate, population experts said.11 Mar 2013 - 6:06am
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.7 Jan 2013 - 1:41pm
While governments and institutions grapple with economic uncertainty and volatility, an important factor is often overlooked: demography. Demographic trends can provide relative certainty in the near term to deal with debt, taxes, unemployment and entitlements, to name a few.17 Dec 2012 - 3:49am
In China, there's no better time to be a robot. Pictures from this month's International Industry Fair in Shanghai show them duelling with light sabres, playing ping-pong and performing Chinese lion dances, fully costumed up. One shows a female humanoid robot in a white woollen coat shaking hands with a visitor.18 Nov 2012 - 4:37am
A government has to know the community it serves if it is to do its job properly. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's administration has a good idea of what is needed for citizens living within Hong Kong's borders, but has its work cut out when it comes to children born in our hospitals to mainland parents.16 Oct 2012 - 7:37am 2 comments
Women in Hong Kong can expect to live longer than anyone else in the world after surpassing their Japanese counterparts for the first time.
Figures from last year's census, made available yesterday, put the average life expectancy for a Hong Kong woman at 86.7 years, up from 84.6 a decade ago.27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
China's controversial one-child policy has helped its rapid rise by restraining population growth. But the ageing of the generation that wrought the country's economic miracle is bringing forward the policy's use-by date. China now needs more babies, not fewer, to avoid the economic and social consequences of serious population imbalance.7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
Three researchers from a top government think tank are calling for an end to the controversial one-child policy - underscoring a growing consensus in the government to revamp the mainland's family-planning policies.5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
Nearly half of the city's young adults have no desire to raise a family, says the Family Planning Association.
In its latest Youth Sexuality Study, which is carried out in Hong Kong every five years, the association found that 45 per cent of male respondents and 39 per cent of females were either unsure, or had made a firm decision not to have children.27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am
Couples in Shanghai barred from having a second child have drawn encouragement from comments by a family planning authority chief that they should be allowed to have another baby if they wish.16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am
A prominent legal academic who lost a two-year legal battle against a big fine for breaking the one-child policy said he stood by his decision to fight for his rights.
After two rulings against him, including a failed appeal early last month, his bank account was frozen and a Beijing court withdrew more than 240,000 yuan (HK$295,000) on April 24.5 May 2012 - 12:00am
On the same day it was revealed that a Shanghai high school got the go-ahead from the municipal education bureau to run two all-boys' classes, the authorities reported that the ratio of newborn boys to every 100 girls born on the mainland last year was 117.78.5 Apr 2012 - 12:00am