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[Comment] Trends in cause-specific mortality in Chinese provinces

China’s extraordinary economic development has brought with it huge improvements in public health. Children born in China today are expected to live almost a decade longer on average than are individuals born in 1990.1 The country now has more people aged 65 years and older than any other country in the world, placing enormous pressures on its health-care infrastructure.2 As average incomes have increased, lifestyles have changed, and access to health care has improved, the country has experienced a rapid transition away from infectious diseases and towards non-communicable diseases as causes of mortality.