China seeks ways to manage ageing population crisis


As China's ruling communist party prepares for December's handover of power to a new generation of leaders, the main challenge they face is the rapidly ageing population.

In the next 20 years the number of people over the age of 60 will double, leading to a nation where the retired outnumber the entire population of western Europe.

But while there are currently six workers to every pensioner, the country's one child policy means the number of people providing for the old will rapidly collapse.

Damian Grammaticas reports from Henan Province in central China.

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.