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Financial Times: The Ghost at China’s Third Plenum: Demographics

Author: David Pilling

"It is hard to overstate how fast China is ageing. Life expectancy has more than doubled from 35 in 1949 to 75 today, a miraculous achievement. Meanwhile, the fertility rate has plummeted to 1.5 or lower, far below the 2.1 needed to keep a population stable. Cai Fang, a demographer at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, says the country will have moved from labour surplus to labour shortage at the fastest pace in history."

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HBO History Makers Series with Ted Koppel

Speaker: Ted Koppel
Presider: Ken Auletta

Ted Koppel reflects on his career and the changing nature of journalism and social media.

The Home Box Office History Makers Series focuses particular attention on the contributions made by a prominent individual at a critical juncture in international relations. Recent speakers in the series include Mo Ibrahim, Paul Volcker, Madeleine Albright, and Stanley McChrystal.

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Wall Street Journal: Aging Population Could Trim 3% Off China GDP Growth

Author: Bob Davis

"The share of the working-age population (ages 15-64) will decline in China between 2010 and 2030 nearly as fast as it will in Japan, the U.S. and other wealthy nations. Switching to a two-child policy could even make things worse over the next 20 year, because more births would mean that working parents would have more dependents to care for, the economists note."

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America Magazine: A Big Heart Open to God

Author: Antonio Spadaro S.J.

"We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time."

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