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[Editorial] Ageing in China: a ticking bomb

Filial piety is a key virtue in Chinese culture and was considered the bedrock of the social care and health system to protect and support elderly people in China. However, the rigid family structure for elderly care in China is gradually collapsing as a result of massive urbanisation, rapid economic growth, a decreased fertility rate, and smaller family sizes. Meanwhile, China is one of the fastest ageing countries and has more people aged 65 years and older than any other country in the world, and in 2050 the proportion of older persons within the total national population is projected to be around 25%.

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