Average Chinese Aged Over 71

During the past five years, China has made great improvement in its health services and the country’s average life expectancy will reach 71.8 years by the end of 2000.

A report released by the State Development Planning Commission says that the government has strengthened its disease prevention work as well as the control of serious diseases.

The report also shows China is now among the low birth rate countries, achieving a good control over population increase.

Also, the social security system has been reformed, providing services including medical care, unemployment assistance and pensions for the elderly.

(People’s Daily 09/28/2000)

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