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China’s demographic dividends to end soon, expert warns – Metro US

China’s demographic dividends to end soon, expert warns

People walk through an underpass at night in downtown Beijing
People walk through an underpass at night in downtown Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s demographic dividends are still within a “window of opportunity”, but that window will shut soon, with fewer births putting pressure on the working population, a Chinese demographic expert warned on Thursday.

In future, China would have to turn to dividends from its elderly population instead, Song Jian, a demographics professor at Renmin University, told a news briefing in the capital, Beijing.

While China’s economy has benefited from its large population in previous decades, the birth rate dropped to a record low in 2021, extending a downward trend that prompted Beijing last year to allow couples to have up to three children.

(Reporting by Ryan Woo and Liangping Gao; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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