Edited and translated by Li Zhenyu, People's Daily Online
In the past 25 years, China's average life expectancy has grown from 68 years to 73.5 years, the level of semi-developed countries, according to the latest report issued at the China-ASEAN Forum on Population and Family Development, which was held in Nanning, capital of the Guangxi province on Oct. 11, 2011.
"It is all thanks to our country's family planning policy," says Li Bin, chief of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, at the Forum. "Our country has been paying high attention to the population issues."
Li also stated that improving family planning has been incorporated into China's 12th Five-Year Plan program. China will continue to engage in improving people's lives and taking measures to manage its population.
China has approximately 400 million households, and the total population of China is expected to reach 1.4 billion by 2015. At that time, the working population will reach its peak while population aging will accelerate, and citizens will become increasingly mobile.