By: Jianli Yang – June 16, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic and the 2021 national census have raised concerns over not just the alarmingly aging population of China but the utterly deficient health infrastructure and medical facilities as well.
The 2021 census revealed that “190.64 million people, or 13.5 percent of China’s population, are 65 years or older, a sizable increase from 8.9 percent in 2010”. When the age bracket is lowered to 60 and older, there were 264.02 million people, representing 18.7% of the population, up from 13.26% a decade earlier. Overall, the average age in China is 38.8 years old.
Six provinces of China have the maximum aging persons, with over 14% of the population over 65. They are: Liaoning (15.17%), Sichuan (14.17%), Chongqing (14.1%), Jiangsu (14.03%), Shanghai (14.3%), and Shandong (14%). Census projects estimate that the average proportion of 65-plus in these provinces will reach 30% by 2050…. [Continue Reading]