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China’s Hard Long Slog

At his Sinostand blog, Economic Observer’s Eric Fish argues that China faces bigger dangers than an economic crash: namely, severe water shortages and pollution, and an aging and gender-imbalanced population. I try to be...

Now on Taobao: Outsourced Care for Grandma

Soon after China’s revised filial piety law requiring regular visits to aging parents took effect last Monday, entrepreneurs have started offering elder-care services on e-commerce platforms. From The Wall Street...

Why China Is Ordering Children to Visit Parents

An amended law encouraging adult children to visit their parents went into effect on Monday in China. This legislative action can be seen to reflect the changes that rapid social and economic transformation are having on a...

China Beefs Up Elderly Rights Law

An amended law took effect on Monday which requires adult children in China to visit their parents or face fines or jail time, though Louise Watt at the Associated Press reports that effectively implementing the new rules may be...

Aging Chinese Face a Bleak Picture

After a pilot launched in 2008, research for the landmark China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS) began in 2011 with support from Peking University, the National Science Foundation of China, and the World Bank....

New Realities Drive Population Policy

The State Council has announced that health and family planning as well as food and drug safety is undergoing reorganization in order to increase efficiency. According to The South China Morning Post, the Population and Family...

Two-Child Policy?

The former head of China’s National Population and Family Planning Commission suggests that the government is considering a relaxation of its one-child policy in the face of an ageing population. From Reuters: Proposed...

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