China’s once-a-decade census is expected to show a further fall in the percentage of young people in its fast-ageing population as high living costs and an aversion to having children among urban couples push China closer to a demographic crunch. Al Jazeera reports that in 2010, the proportion of the population aged 14 or younger plunged to 16.60 percent from 22.89 percent in 2000, an effect of a decades-old one-child policy. Citizens aged 60 and older accounted for 13.26 percent, up from about 10 percent. The continuation of those trends will undermine China’s working-age population and weigh on productivity. A shrinking pool of working adults will also test its ability to pay and care for an ageing nation.