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China working age population falls

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China's working-age population declined for the first time in recent decades in 2012, the government said Friday, detailing the extent of a demographic time bomb experts say is one of Beijing's biggest challenges. 

Chinese workers make shoes at a factory in Jinjiang, Fujian province, on November 10, 2012. China's working-age population has declined for the first time in recent decades in 2012, the government said, detailing the extent of a demographic time bomb experts say is one of Beijing's biggest challenges.

China introduced its controversial one-child policy in the late 1970s to control population growth, but its people are now ageing, moving to the cities, and increasingly male, government statistics showed.

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