China faces a population time bomb, with plummeting birth rates and a rapidly ageing workforce. Photo: AFP China faces a population time bomb, with plummeting birth rates and a rapidly ageing workforce. Photo: AFP
China faces a population time bomb, with plummeting birth rates and a rapidly ageing workforce. Photo: AFP
China economy

China wants more babies; China’s women have other plans

  • The Chinese labour force population of people aged between 16-59 has fallen for eight straight years
  • Beijing has tinkered with policies to encourage population growth but examining gender balance among core leadership might be a starting point, say observers

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China faces a population time bomb, with plummeting birth rates and a rapidly ageing workforce. Photo: AFP China faces a population time bomb, with plummeting birth rates and a rapidly ageing workforce. Photo: AFP
China faces a population time bomb, with plummeting birth rates and a rapidly ageing workforce. Photo: AFP
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