Chinese researcher's story reflects country's ageing problems

Zhao says sons are less reliable in providing care for their ageing parents than daughters, who tend to be more caring. Photo: Jeanette Wang

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

China's changing forces of labour

China's changing forces of labour

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 1 comment

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

There will be only two people of working age to support one elderly person by 2040 in Hong Kong and Germany. Photo: Felix Wong

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

New realities drive population policy, experts say

Axing of family planning commission reflects changing attitudes about population control, population experts said. Photo: Reuters

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 Korean youth population to be halved by 2060

After years of promoting family planning in a crowded nation of 50 million, South Korea has become increasingly alarmed by its rapidly ageing society. Photo: AFP

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

Seven population trends that hold the key to good public policies

Demographics provide the key to effective public policies

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

Robots are set to do more of China's dirtiest jobs

Robots work on the welding line at a Hyundai Motor plant in Beijing. Factory wages are going up as manufacturers struggle to find staff. Photo: Bloomberg

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.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am

Hong Kong needs to prepare for mainland Chinese children with right of abode

Parents queue up for application forms outside a Sheung Shui kindergarten. Photo: Sam Tsang

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

Hong Kong women live the longest

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

Time to review one-child policy

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

Academics join call for an end to one-child policy

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

Young adults shun marriage

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

One-child rule could be eased as population ages

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

Despite defeat, academic remains defiant against unfair one-child policy

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

Gender imbalance remains a problem

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