Elderly pop­u­la­tion in­creas­ing by 10m yearly

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China’s elderly pop­u­la­tion has been in­creas­ing rapidly and is es­ti­mated to hit around 400 mil­lion by the end of 2035, ac­cord­ing to ex­perts.

Since China be­came an “ag­ing so­ci­ety” in 2000, the elderly pop­u­la­tion has in­creased yearly by about 10 mil­lion, Zheng Gongcheng, head of the China As­so­ci­a­tion of So­cial Se­cu­rity, said.

By the end of 2035, the elderly pop­u­la­tion could reach about 400 mil­lion, mak­ing China a “su­per ag­ing so­ci­ety.”

By in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, a coun­try or re­gion is con­sid­ered to be an “ag­ing so­ci­ety” when those aged 65 or over ac­count for 7 to 14 per­cent of the to­tal pop­u­la­tion. Once that amount goes over 14 per­cent, the coun­try is con­sid­ered a “su­per ag­ing so­ci­ety.” (Photo 3)

Some of China’s famed “Ter­ra­cotta War­riors” will go on dis­play in a rare ex­hi­bi­tion to be hosted by two US museums. The Vir­ginia Mu­seum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Rich­mond will be the first host with 10 life-size Ter­ra­cotta War­riors. Other ar­ti­facts from China’s Western Zhou Dy­nasty, which ruled from 11th cen­tury to 771 BC, and the Qin Dy­nasty (221-206 BC) will also be on dis­play. The ex­hi­bi­tion will be at VMFA from Nov 18 to March 11, 2018, after which it will move to the Cincin­nati Art Mu­seum in Ohio.

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