Beijing: By 2042, China`s ageing citizens
will account for more than 30 per cent of the country`s total
population, according to an official report.
China`s National Working Commission on Ageing (CNWCA) in
its recent report said China`s ageing population is increasing
rapidly while country`s birth rate remains low.
It is estimated that the percentage of China`s ageing
population will reach 16.7 per cent of total population in
next five years, and about 30 per cent by 2042.
According to international standards, a country or region
is considered to have an "ageing society" when the number of
people at and above 60 reaches 10 per cent or more of its
Currently, China has more than 178 million people at or
above the age of 60, which is more than 13 per cent of
its total population, Li Jianguo, vice-chairman and general
secretary of the Standing Committee of the National People`s
Congress (NPC) said in his report on the implementation of
the law on protection of senior citizens` rights.
According to last year`s census, China`s population had
increased to 1.3397 billion.