China's One-Child Policy Haunts as Country Ages

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China's latest census shows the communist country's senior population is growing faster than the rest with more than 13 percent of its citizens over 60 years of age.

The demographic has risen more than 3 percent in the last eleven years. Analysts say if the trend continues, the Chinese workforce could find itself at a competitive disadvantage with India, whose population continues to grow steadily.

"The aging of China is probably the fastest in history," wrote Sanjeev Sanyal, Deutsche Bank's global strategist in a paper published on May 13, The End of Population Growth.

The conclusion is that "China's workforce will peak in the next few years and will decline through the 2020s before collapsing in the 2030s," Sanyal said.

China currently has a population of more than 1.3 billion. Meanwhile, the number of Chinese under the age of 14 has declined more than 6 percent.

One reason for the disparity is the Chinese government's policy of allowing only one child per couple.

Chai Ling, one of the student leaders of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, who's now living in the U.S, says it's creating a crisis in Chinese society.

"All the children have no brothers or sisters, no aunts or uncles. haunts society for a very long time," she said.

Ling, the founder of the organization All Girls Allowed, is calling on the global church to pray for an end to China's one child policy.

"In the past 30 years, with China's one-child policy, more than 400 million lives have been taken, innocent babies," she said in an interview with the Charleston, S.C., Post and Courier.

"Each day in China more than 3,500 forced and coerced abortions occur and 500 women commit suicide," she said. "More than 1 million babies are abandoned into society each year."

"For every six boys born in China, that sixth baby girl is not allowed to live. So the sixth boy will never be able to find a bride, so that becomes a massive problem for sex trafficking," Ling added. "So China's one-child policy is not just a Chinese problem, it is a global issue."

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