China eyes life expectancy of 79 by 2030
China wants to increase its citizens’ average life expectancy to 77.3 by 2020 and 79 by 2030, up from 76.34 in 2015.
The “Healthy China 2030” blueprint, released by the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the State Council, covers areas such as public health services, environment management, the medical industry, and food and drug safety.
The plan says the number of people “frequently participating in physical exercise” should increase to 530 million by 2030 from 360 million in 2014, and the smoking rate of those aged 15 or older should be lowered to 20 percent.
In addition, the infant mortality rate should be lowered to five out of every 1,000 live births by 2030, down from the current eight. Mortality rates for children under the age of five and pregnant women should also decrease notably.