China issues white paper on undertakings for aged
Updated: 2006-12-12 10:42
Li Bengong, executive deputy director of the China National
Committee on Aging, speaking at a press conference on the white paper
outlining programs for senior citizens in Beijing on December 12, 2006.
China published a white paper on Tuesday, illustrating the development of its
undertakings for the aged over the past two decades and its plans for the near
future. [full text of the white paper]
white paper, the first of its kind, introduces China's policies, laws and
regulations, its security system and medical care network for the aged.
It also introduces China's social services for the aged, senior
citizens' participation in social development and China's efforts in
safeguarding elderly people's legitimate rights and interests.
paper, with more than 10,000 Chinese characters, was released by the Information
Office of the State Council, China's cabinet.
According to the white
paper, by the end of 2005, China had nearly 144 million people aged over 60,
accounting for 11 percent of its entire population.
"At present, the
population of senior citizens in China is growing by three percent every year,"
says the white paper.
It says China's population had entered the ageing
stage by the end of the 20th century as the proportion of people aged 60 and
above in China accounted for over ten percent of the entire population.
"For years, the state has made great efforts to promote the cultural
tradition of the Chinese nation ...and taken effective measures to explore a
development mode of undertakings for the aged that fits China's conditions,"
says the white paper.
The Chinese government, the white paper says, "has
considered undertakings for the aged an important part of balanced social and
economic development as well as of the building of a harmonious society, and has
adopted economic, legal and administrative measures to constantly promote the
development of undertakings for the aged."
The white paper says the task
of solving problems concerning elderly people and continuously promoting the
development of undertakings for the aged remains an arduous one to China, a
developing country with a population of 1.3 billion.
It says as the
number of elderly people keeps increasing and ageing of population accelerates,
and due to the country's uneven development, one big challenge that China is
facing in its social development is how to guarantee the legitimate rights and
interests of the elderly people and promote the development of undertakings for
"Facing the growing challenge of the ageing population, the
Chinese government will adopt more effective strategies to promote the
undertakings for the aged in coordination with economic and social development,
in order to enable senior citizens to share the fruits of economic and social
development," says the white paper.
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