Elderly population increasing by 10m yearly
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.