• Karakters_1_samenwerking

    Samenwerking | 合作

  • Karakters3_uitwisseling

    Uitwisseling | 交流

  • Karakters_5_samenwerking

    Samenwerking | 合作

  • Karakters2_werelden verbinden

    Werelden verbinden | 国际接轨

  • Karakters_6_ontwikkeling

    Ontwikkelingen | 发展

  • Karakters_4_kennis

    Kennis | 知识

On the night of May 25, 2015, a fire broke out at the privately owned Kangleyuan Elderly Rehabilitation Center in China’s Henan province. Thirty-eight people were killed and another six were injured. Authorities have blamed the incident on poor construction practices and non-adherence to safety measures. The State Administration of Work Safety reported that the walls were constructed of flammable materials and the majority of the building materials had low resistance to fire, allowing the building to rapidly ignite when there was an error in the outdated electrical system. This fatal disaster has sparked increased tension among the populace about how to provide adequate care for the country’s booming elderly population. By the end of 2014, 212 million Chinese citizens were over the age of 60, comprising 15.5 percent of the total population. This cohort is expected to increase in size by 10 million each year. A report published by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences predicts that by 2030 China will surpass Japan as the country with the largest proportion of its population above 65.[i] By 2050, China’s elderly population will likely comprise a quarter of its population. The greying of China’s population can be attributed to three factors. Rapid economic growth over the past three decades has lead to higher life expectancy (68 in 1981 to 74 in 2013).[ii] Second, the generation of post-war baby boomers born during the 50s and 60s have joined the older population. Lastly, the . . . . read more


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