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Grey matters

Overview

In the coming decades, China faces a two-pronged demographic challenge from the combination of a rapidly ageing population and the effect of the one-child policy. The proportion of the population over 60 is forecast to rise from the current 11 per cent to 30 per cent by 2050.

Accommodating this rise without a health or pension net threatens to produce a welfare nightmare. It places what is probably an unsustainable burden on only children to look after their parents and...

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