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China now has 18 million more young men than women

Traditionally, of course, such demographic imbalance leads to war…

China now has 18 million more young men than women
Agence France Presse, Beijing bureau

Men of marriageable age now outnumber women by 18 million in China and the sex ratio is set to become more skewed because rural families prefer boys, state press reported.
Sex-selective abortions, a direct result of the nation’s one-child policy, have boosted the number of boys born in China in recent years.
By 2020 there will be 30 million more men than women aged between 20 and 45 in China, news agency Xinhua said, quoting the head of the country’s National Population and Family Planning Commission.
China’s birth ratio averaged 119.58 boys to every 100 girls, while in rural areas the ratio was 122.85 males to 100 females, Zhang Wiqing said at a symposium on rural population.

The “bachelor bomb” has long been attributed to laws that for nearly 25 years have limited urban families to one child and rural families to two, providing that the first is a girl. Beijing this year began drafting special regulations that would specify punishments for parents and doctors who abort fetuses after discovering they are female. But it is believed they will be too late to stop the demographic timebomb.

Tom GrossTom Gross is a former Middle East correspondent for the London Sunday Telegraph and the New York Daily News.

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