China's demographic dividends to end soon, expert warns

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BEIJING, Jan 20 (Reuters) - China's demographic dividends are still within a "window of opportunity", but that window will shut soon, with fewer births putting pressure on the working population, a Chinese demographic expert warned on Thursday.

In future, China would have to turn to dividends from its elderly population instead, Song Jian, a demographics professor at Renmin University, told a news briefing in the capital, Beijing.

While China's economy has benefited from its large population in previous decades, the birth rate dropped to a record low in 2021, extending a downward trend that prompted Beijing last year to allow couples to have up to three children.

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Reporting by Ryan Woo and Liangping Gao; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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