China Faces Aging Population Of 400 Million By 2035

Official demographic studies show that China faces a severely aging population crisis that will see 30% of its population above the age of 60 by 2035.

The state-operated Global Times quoted China’s Director of the Department of Aging and Health, Wang Haidong, as saying the nation’s leadership faces “great pressure to cope with the aging scenario.”

In a report released Tuesday, China is shown to face the same issue that most other industrialized nations must come to terms with — a population that is aging and not reproducing itself. Longer life spans combined with lower birth rates have the country on a fast track to crisis.

The outcome is that there will not be enough young workers to shoulder the financial responsibility to care for the rapidly aging population. This dilemma is faced by almost all European societies as well as Japan.

China’s crisis is coming significantly sooner and involves more of an aging population than previously believed.

Wang said that the communist government will plot a course to correct the issue and develop a national strategy, but nothing so far has proven effective.

Many experts see the country experiencing a net population decline in just three years, and some believe that regions of the vast nation already have negative population growth. It is widely thought that this will be an issue for the nation for many years to come.

China, of course, purposefully kept the fertility rate low for a long period of time. Last year saw it post its lowest birth rate in modern times, though some credit that to COVID-19 lockdowns and the inability of people to socialize.

The nation backed away from the long term “One Child Policy” and began to urge couples to have two children. It has now realized that to reverse negative population growth, significantly larger families are necessary.

So far, everything from propaganda to private school price controls are not convincing young Chinese to have more children. China is rapidly joining the industrialized world with having to find a way to deal with an elderly population that is rapidly growing — with fewer replacements.