Life expectancy in China is increasing but the number of young adults is plummeting due to strict birth control policies.

This article titled “China faces ‘timebomb’ of ageing population” was written by Tania Branigan in Beijing, for The Guardian on Tuesday 20th March 2012 16.10 UTC

While hundreds of millions of Chinese families toasted the new year together, 84-year-old He Daxing huddled on the doorstep of his daughter’s home in Chongqing.

On the most important date in the calendar, not one of his six grown children – born before the country’s one-child policy was imposed – would take him in.

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