An elderly woman scoops water from a pail at her rural village home in Yicheng county in Shanxi province on July 3, 2019. Photo: Xinhua
An elderly woman scoops water from a pail at her rural village home in Yicheng county in Shanxi province on July 3, 2019. Photo: Xinhua
Lijia Zhang
Opinion

Opinion

Lijia Zhang

In China’s rapidly ageing society, elderly rural residents must not be left to fend for themselves

  • China’s ageing problem is particularly acute in rural areas, where elderly residents often have no children around to care for them and pensions are too low to live on
  • Reforms that would put rural pensions on par with those enjoyed by city dwellers are sorely needed, but remain a distant prospect

An elderly woman scoops water from a pail at her rural village home in Yicheng county in Shanxi province on July 3, 2019. Photo: Xinhua
An elderly woman scoops water from a pail at her rural village home in Yicheng county in Shanxi province on July 3, 2019. Photo: Xinhua
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