Prof. Bill Durodié has had a co-authored book chapter published with UK economist Phil Mullan in the new Routledge anthology; East and South-East Asia: International relations and security perspectives.
The piece addresses the impact of demographic ageing in China, identifying this as a potential social opportunity rather than a problem. Increasing productivity in China far outweighs the effect of a declining population on the available workforce. What’s more, a revolution in agriculture will also provide new labour.
The authors note that - as elsewhere - how people age and what it means to be old today are qualitatively different to the past. Far from being an economic burden, the elderly have much to contribute to society, even if this often goes unaccounted for economically.