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Retiring in China

Retiring in China

News about government plans to gradually raise the retirement age have sparked a vigorous debate throughout China’s media outlets.

With Chinese male seniors retiring at 55-60 and females at 50-55, the proposed alteration to employability laws has raised worries among commentators, since it risks aggravating the already difficult employment situation. 70% of interviewed individuals oppose the delay.

With the population of over a billion and a constant in-migration of Chinese citizens into urban areas, a careful approach will be required from the Party in this area. Domestic crises in countries like Spain show the disastrous consequences which can arise when a large segment of a young workforce becomes excluded from economic opportunities.

BBC News article

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