Two-child pol­icy will add 30 mil­lion to work force

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China’s two-child pol­icy is ex­pected to lead to more than 30 mil­lion peo­ple join­ing the work force by 2050, help­ing curb a loom­ing short­age, ac­cord­ing to a se­nior fam­ily plan­ning of­fi­cial.

Wang Pei’an, deputy di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, said the change in pol­icy would help con­tain a rapidly ag­ing trend by 2 per­cent by 2030, when China’s pop­u­la­tion is ex­pected to peak at 1.45 bil­lion.

Ac­cord­ing to pop­u­la­tion sci­en­tists, the size of the pop­u­lace will then be­gin dwin­dling and level off at 1.38 bil­lion by 2050.

“The qual­ity of the pop­u­la­tion, in­stead of the quan­tity, mat­ters most in the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion. We need to im­prove the qual­ity of the en­tire pop­u­la­tion, par­tic­u­larly the work force,” Wang said.

By the end of 2014, the num­ber of peo­ple in China over the age of 60 had reached 212 mil­lion, ac­count­ing for 15.5 per­cent of the to­tal pop­u­la­tion.

It is ex­pected to rise to 400 mil­lion by the middle of this cen­tury.

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