Guo Tongwang, a 91-year-old forest keeper, has lunch in his office in Maotuan Village of Dongkeng Township, Jingbian County, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Aug. 23, 2012. China had 190 million people at or above the age of 60 at the end of last year, according to the China National Committee on Ageing (CNCA). It is estimated that the figure will top 200 million next year and by 2050, one third of the Chinese population will be aged over 60. China is the only country in the world which has more than 100 million people aged 60 or above. (Xinhua/Wang Song)
China's aged population to more than double by 2053: committee
BEIJING, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- The number of Chinese senior citizens is expected to skyrocket from the current 185 million to 487 million, or 35 percent of the population, by 2053, according to the China National Committee On Aging.
"The aging problem came late to China and the country is still struggling to create mature policies addressing the issue," Zhu Yong, vice director of the committee, said Monday at a seminar on aging held by the committee, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and HelpAge International. Full story