As One Child Policy Ends, Tired Old Arguments Drone On

November 2, 2015 • Daily Email Recap

The Observer view on Britain and China’s population challenges
Whether it’s an ageing population or a low birth rate, both countries have vital issues to address
At first glance, it might seem that the UK and China have the opposite problem when it comes to population. Latest projections suggest the British population could grow by almost 10 million over the next 25 years. Conversely, the Chinese government announced it will be dropping its controversial one-child policy, amid fears that if current trends continue, China could see its population decline substantially over the long term.

But to see the UK and China as facing mirror-image dilemmas illustrates how misleading raw population numbers can be. Population structure is a more meaningful measure of a developing nation’s demographic health. In this respect, like many other developed countries, the UK and China face the same issue: an ageing population….


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