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Population Aging in China: Challenges and Strategies

Elderly people in China
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019
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3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Yaoyin Zhu - Vice President, China National Committee on Aging
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APSI Speaker Series

In 2018, China's State Council estimated nearly a quarter of Chinese citizens would be age 60 or more by 2030, up from 13.3% of the population in 2010. This looming demographic shift will create challenges for the country's social security system and will require new strategies to provide basic public services for senior citizens, including innovative changes to the national elderly care system, such as community-based and smart care services.

The speaker, Dr. Yaoyin Zhu, has been vice president of China's National Committee on Aging since 2015. Previously, he held public service positions with the Department of Social Administration and researched social welfare and social security in the Institute of Social Welfare and Social Progress in the Ministry of Civil Affairs. Prior to his professional career, he taught logic and technology philosophy at Xiamen University School of Law. His recent publications include a 2016 journal article "Let Senior Citizens Play an Active Role in Grassroot-Level Social Governance" in China Social Governance and the 2014 book, "China Social Governance and Professional Social Work." Dr. Zhu received his Bachelors degree from Jiangxi Normal University, his Masters degree from Xiamen University, and his PhD from Peking University.