China’s elderly population reaches 178 mn

August 17th, 2011 - 5:20 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Aug 17 (IANS) The number of China’s elderly population reached 178 million last year.

China is the world’s most populous country with a population of 1.34 billion.

Peoples Daily said the ageing population was 13.26 percent of the total, which is 3 percent higher than in 2000, according to the latest population census.

An annual statistical report revealed that a total of 257 million urban residents joined endowment insurance, 22 million more than in 2009.

The number of elderly welfare agencies has also gone up by 233 to 39,904.

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