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An Aging China: A Shifting Population

Posted on 6 September 2016

China has made great strides when it comes to life expectancy, but without further action there are considerable challenges ahead

Source: Adapted from World Population Prospects, the 2008 Revision. United Nations

Source: Adapted from World Population Prospects, the 2008 Revision. United Nations

The average life expectancy in China has risen from around 40 in 1950 to around 75 today. 

Source: Adapted from Zhou, Maigeng, et al.

Source: Adapted from Zhou, Maigeng, et al. “Cause-specific mortality for 240 causes in China during 1990–2013: a systematic subnational analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013.” The Lancet   

There is considerable variation between provinces when it comes to life expectancy, and this is strongly correlated with wealth. 


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