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Worrisome Demographic Trends in China and Africa

Africa is home to the world’s youngest and fastest-growing population, creating what proponents call a “demographic dividend.” Conversely, China is rapidly becoming one of the world’s oldest countries thanks in part to decades of draconian family planning policies that limited most families to just one child.

Today, the demographic trend lines in both regions are becoming increasingly worrisome, according to Michele Bruni, one of the world’s foremost scholars on the issue.

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