Wednesday, May 11, 2011

China faces economic problems in the future

"The new census data show that little progress is being made to counter this troubling trend. Among newborns, there were more than 118 boys for every 100 girls in 2010. This marks a slight increase over the 2000 level, and implies that, in about 20 or 25 years’ time, there will not be enough brides for almost a fifth of today’s baby boys—with the potentially vast destabilising consequences that could have."

China has been enjoying an economic benefit from the reduction in its dependency ratio in recent decades, but its demographic problems hold major threats for its future.

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