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Help the aged - or else

Beijing is considering introducing a law that makes it compulsory for people to visit their elderly relatives, with people being given the chance to sue their family members if they feel they have been abandoned. Talk of the new law goes right to the heart of a major problem currently facing China. Its population is rapidly aging - 400 million Chinese will be over 60 by 2040, with no social safety net to look after them.

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Programme prepared by Kate Williams, Marie Billon and Patrick Lovett

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