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80 Is the New 76, as China Sees Longer Lives Ahead

Authorities plan to add billions of yuan in spending to develop the traditional Chinese medicine sector. Above, a worker packs drug capsules at a Chinese medicine factory in Haozhou, Anhui province, in April 2013. Photo: Visual China
Authorities plan to add billions of yuan in spending to develop the traditional Chinese medicine sector. Above, a worker packs drug capsules at a Chinese medicine factory in Haozhou, Anhui province, in April 2013. Photo: Visual China

Six months after rolling out a broader roadmap for developing the nation’s traditional medicine sector, Beijing officials on Sunday announced a more concrete plan to boost that group with “tens of billions of yuan” in government support, a knowledgeable source said.

The newly unveiled “Health Guarantee Plan” also included a goal of raising the average life expectancy in China to 80 years by 2025, according to the source who attended a meeting in Beijing where the plan was discussed. That compares with an average life expectancy of 76 years in China in 2015, according to World Health Organization (WHO) statistics.

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