In 1979 China's Communist Party implemented the “One-Child Policy” to slow the country’s population growth.
The policy was lifted in 2015, yet the effects of 36 years of strict population control will be felt for years to come. Today there are about 7.6 workers for every person over 65 in China. By 2050, fully 40 percent of the population could be over that age and the country is projected to have 100 million people 80 and over.
On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the emerging consequences of China's mass population control experiment.
Note: This program originally aired March 1, 2018
Joining the program:
- Shanshan Chen, multimedia journalist for Thomson Reuters Foundation and director of “Invisible Lives: A legacy of China’s family planning rules”
- Rachael Burton, deputy director at Project 2049 Institute
- Raffaello Pantucci, director of International Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute and co-founder of Young China Watchers blog
- Lihong Shi, assistant professor of anthropology at Case Western Reserve University
Assistant producers: Lily Cusack, Hunter Bassler
Supervising producer: Rayna Sims
Visual editor: Jiwon Choi (Cover photo credit: AP Images)