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Did you know: Over 15% of China’s Population are Over 60

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 Tuesday.

Senior citizens sleep at a daytime service center in Shanghai.

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 Tuesday to Thursday.

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.

By Robert Muriisa, Xinhua.

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