More support planned for ag­ing pop­u­la­tion

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

To cope with its rapidly ag­ing pop­u­la­tion, China will es­tab­lish so­cial se­cu­rity and health support net­works for the el­derly and pro­vide a bet­ter en­vi­ron­ment to serve the el­derly, a top health and pop­u­la­tion of­fi­cial said.

“China will ac­tively re­spond to pop­u­la­tion ag­ing and in­clude it as part of China’s na­tional plan for de­vel­op­ment,” Li Bin, min­is­ter of the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, said dur­ing the 2014 World Fam­ily Sum­mit, which con­cluded on Wed­nes­day in Zhuhai, Guang­dong prov­ince.

The num­ber of peo­ple aged 60 or above in China reached 202 mil­lion last year, ac­count­ing for nearly 15 per­cent of the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion, ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased by the com­mis­sion in Novem­ber.

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