And by then the older generations of workers, numerous but with little qualification will have been replaced by the new one-child-family workers with a very high level of qualification. But one of these workers will replace three of the previous workers. Only one way for China to cope: either push retiring age up to 65 for everyone (that will be some relief for five years) or shift their industries and services from labor industries and services to high tech industries and services. And the two-children-family policy, that is not exactly a success will only be effective in at least twenty years, around 2040. That’s why the Chinese do not see the western trauma: They have entered the years when workers will become highly qualified and scarce, rare, too few in numbers.

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Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, PhD in Germanic Linguistics (University Lille III) and ESP Teaching (University Bordeaux II) has been teaching all types of ESP

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