A new government report says that the number of China's citizens at and above 60 years of age has increased to 177.65 million.
The report, by China's National Working Commission on Aging (CNWCA), says that the aging population made up 13.26 percent of the total Chinese population.
The report was about the development of China's aging service and aging industry in 2010.
It says that the number of senior citizens at and above 60 on the Chinese mainland had increased by 2.93 percent from that of 2000, and the number of people at and above 65 had reached 118.83 million by the end of 2010, Xinhua reports.
The report also estimated that the percentage of China's aging population would reach 16.7 percent of the total population in the next five years, and about 30 percent by 2050.
It is the second report released by CNWCA on the issue since 2010.