Tan Guang Quan, 70, a widow, depends on her sons for financial support.

The graying of China

Growing ranks of elderly at risk of poverty with little state support

By Jehangir S. Pocha
Globe Correspondent / January 2, 2007

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CHONGQING, CHINA -- One of the world's oldest nations is getting older. China's population of 1.3 billion is graying rapidly and the country, which now has about 146 million senior citizens, will have almost 290 million by 2025 -- nearly the entire population of the United States -- according to a study released last month by China's State Council. (Full article: 1346 words)

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