China’s population time-bombs
On Thurdsay and Friday of last week the BBC broadcast two separate news items presented by Damian Grammaticas, both of which are very worrying. Here below, after a summary of what each video shows, I have provided a link to the BBC’s website (which includes links to more information on each story) and embedded the same video (as posted on You Tube by a third party).
As China’s ruling communist party prepares for December’s handover of power to a new generation of leaders, the main challenge they face is the rapidly ageing population: In the next 20 years the number of people over the age of 60 will double, leading to a situation where the number of retired Chinese people will be greater than the entire population of western Europe. At the moment there are six workers for every pensioner in China, but the country’s one child policy means that China is heading towards a situation where there will be only two workers for every pensioner…
China seeks ways to manage ageing population crisis (BBC website – video may only work if you’re in the UK)
China’s one child policy is unpopular; and it is having some unpleasant unintended consequences that threaten to completely destabilise the entire population distribution: In cities, the one child policy is strictly enforced and many parents would prefer to have a boy, so many want to know the sex of their babies before they are born. Sadly, despite it being illegal for medical staff to tell them, many pregnant mothers do find out and, if it will be female, many chose to have an abortion. As a result of all this, girls are already significantly out numbered at school, which is going to make it very hard for the next generation of Chinese to reproduce.
Chinese leaders facing one child policy dilemma (BBC website – video may only work if you’re in the UK)