In case you’re like us and didn’t believe that China would one day be bested by India for Heavyweight Population Champion of the World, this news graphic should put us doubters to rest. Then again, perhaps part of the disbelief stemmed from the difficulty of conceptualizing such a shifting of population rank, which we now understand to be a large circle becoming only a somewhat larger circle, with another circle usurping the other circle’s diameter through a more substantial magical future expansion.
The graphic, provided by China Daily, has made a believer out of us. The accompanying window dressing article for the excellent graphic also informs us that, according to a UN study, Asia’s elderly population of people over the age of 65 will increase by nearly 220 percent in the next forty years, from 269 million in 2010 to 859 million in 2050.
Asia’s increase in lower fertility rates coincides with improved standards of living, following the trend of developed countries like Germany and Japan (which is projected to lose 13 percent of its current population total by 2050) suffering from population decline angst, with 19 out of 51 Asian countries currently qualifying as low fertility countries.
‘The End of Population Growth,’ a new report released by Deutsche Bank, claims China’s current population decline is the ‘fastest in history’, and that working until the age of 70 is something the current labor force will have to endure.
Which we can live with, as long as our employer is enlightened enough to allow us regular breaks to change our Depends.