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China's baby boomers are about to reshape the global economy again

No region tells the story of the aging population challenge better than Dongbei

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An elderly woman looks at a young boy in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province: Dongbei has the world's lowest total fertility rate of 0.55 births per woman.   © Imaginechina/AP

Dr. Lauren A. Johnston is a research associate, China Institute, SOAS, University of London. She is founder and managing director of New South Economics.

The hundreds of millions of babies born in Mao's China during the 1960s are on the cusp of exiting the workforce.

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