(ECNS) -- When assessing a country’s demographic dividend, we need to look at not just the size but also the quality of its population, because size matters, but what matters more are talent resources, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at a news briefing on Wednesday.
The spokesperson made the remarks when asked about his comment on a new United Nations estimate that India will overtake China as the world’s most populous country by the middle of this year.
He cited Chinese Premier Li Qiang's words that "China's demographic dividend has not disappeared, and our talent dividend is in the making." The driving force for China’s development remains strong, the spokesperson said.
Nearly 900 million out of the 1.4 billion Chinese are of working age and have received 10.9 years of education on average. For those who have newly entered the workforce, their average length of education has risen to 14 years, he added.
China has implemented a national strategy to respond to population aging, including a third-child policy and supporting measures to address demographic changes, Wang said.