• Karakters_5_samenwerking

    Samenwerking | 合作

  • Karakters_1_samenwerking

    Samenwerking | 合作

  • Karakters_4_kennis

    Kennis | 知识

  • Karakters2_werelden verbinden

    Werelden verbinden | 国际接轨

  • Karakters3_uitwisseling

    Uitwisseling | 交流

  • Karakters_6_ontwikkeling

    Ontwikkelingen | 发展

As she nears retirement along with millions of other Chinese, He Xiangying is too busy sending her son money and raising a stranger's child to worry about who will eventually look after her. The nanny's plan is to work until her health fails, then go back to her home village in the Chinese countryside and grow vegetables to save money. She holds out little hope of help from her jobless son. "If he isn't doing well for himself then why would he support his ageing parent?" said He, a 51-year-old widow, tearing up while her charge rested in a stroller under the shade in a Beijing park. "I will take care of myself." China's elderly population is expanding so quickly that children struggle to look after them while caregivers are either unaffordable or unavailable -- prompting a scramble for solutions, even ones bucking age-old traditions that families should care for their own across the generations. Projections show that 350 million Chinese -- one in four of the population -- will be aged 60 or older by 2030, almost twice as many as now.

That monumental shift, fuelled by the one-child policy, will impose a huge . . . . read more


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