A shifting tide of demographic policies has brought renewed attention to the status of women’s rights in China. Given the historic plunge in the national birth rate and widespread public skepticism toward the three-child policy,...
Netizen Voices: Video of Shackled, Mentally-Ill Mother of Eight Sparks Outrage, Prompts Police Investigation
Feb 4, 2022
A short viral video of a purportedly mentally-ill mother of eight kept chained in an outdoor shed has provoked outrage among Chinese citizens, prompted a criminal investigation, and brought renewed attention to the issues of...
Feb 3, 2014
For Reuters, Li Hui and Ben Blanchard report that under a new scheme of “baby hatches”...
Nov 8, 2013
As the Party’s Third Plenum approaches, the Pew Research Center’s Jacob Poushter looks...
Aug 10, 2012
The Economist details the challenges facing China’s pension system, which has grown considerably in the last several years but still must grapple with a number of structural inefficiencies: Unlike individual accounts in...
Sep 23, 2007
From Xinhua via China Daily: The value of China’s social security fund had reached 400 billion yuan (US$53.3 billion) by the end of June this year, said Wang Zhongmin, deputy director of China’s National Council for Social Security Fund (NSSF). The security fund reported a profit rate of 15.2 percent in the first half of […]
Jun 22, 2007
From OECD website: China is currently in the process of building the largest pension system in the world, and it is doing this at a time of unparalleled economic and demographic transition. The 11th five-year plan (2006-2011) of the government has put the creation of a “harmonious society” as the ultimate goal of all its […]
Dec 22, 2006
From Chinanews.cn: Chinese scholars proposed recently that China should not only delay people’s retirement age to 65 or even older, but also shorten the retirement age gap between male and female. It is learned that the average life expectancy of Chinese people has risen by more than 20 years since the founding of the People’s […]
Dec 2, 2006
From China Daily: A 71-year-old vagrant who sought to spend his remaining years in prison has aroused widespread concern over the well-being of China’s 120 million elderly people, particularly the 90 million in rural areas who often fall through the welfare safety net. With no home and no money, Li Zhaokun decided prison was the […]
Nov 21, 2006
From The Financial Times: China must urgently address the nation’s looming pension and healthcare crises while government has the financial resources to tackle them, says Zhou Xiaochuan, head of the central bank. Mr Zhou, governor of the People’s Bank of China, called for a mix of private health and pension insurance and cash support for […]
Jun 26, 2006
From China Development Brief: When a worker is laid off, are his/her social insurance payments maintained, to ensure that s/he is entitled to future benefits – such as a retirement pension? What agency assumes responsibility for these payments? ZHANG: Yes, the social insurance payments are maintained. The District Bureau of Labour and Social Security will […]
CDT in the News
- RFA – Chinese censors delete news report probing return of COVID tracking
- China Brief – Much Cause But Little Recourse For Popular Discontent
- Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) – Young people living in and outside China fight to keep spirit of ‘white paper’ protests alive
- ASPI – Singing from the CCP’s songsheet: The role of foreign influencers in China’s propaganda system
- Lacuna Magazine – Redacted Fantasy: China’s Dystopian Censorship of Online Fiction