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Over 15 pct of China’s population are over 60

Updated: May 3,2016 9:22 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China had 222 million people aged 60 years or older as of the end of last year, accounting for 16.1 percent of its total population, a senior official announced on May 3.

China’s senior service network incorporates home, community and institution-based care, according to Deputy Civil Affairs Minister Gao Xiaobing. He was speaking at the 5th China International Senior Services Expo, which is being held from May 3 to May 5.

Gao acknowledged that improving elderly care services was “a pressing task” in China’s building of a moderately prosperous society.

The official vowed to fully open up the senior care service market to help provide services.

By the end of 2015, China had 6.8 million nursing beds for the elderly, an average of around 30.8 beds for every 1,000 elderly people, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.