China’s Male-Female Birth Ratio Alarming in Most Cities Nationwide

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 24, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 24,

Beijing, China ( — A new report from China’s Family Planning Association finds that the male-female ratio in most of the cities in the Asian nation is alarmingly skewed because of sex-selection abortions and infanticides. The practices have run rampart in response to the coercive one-child family planning policy the nation instituted.

With most of the residents of China allowed just one baby per family, residents are following their cultural preferences and trying to have boys instead of girls.

They’ve resorted to sex-selection abortions and infanticides as a result and that has caused the disproportionate percentage of boys to girls to skyrocket.

The organization says the gender imbalance has reached such a high figure that it has exceeded the recommendations of the United Nations.

The eastern city of Lianyungang is one of the worst offenders, according to a BBC report, with 163.5 boys for every 100 girls four years old or younger.

But it’s not alone as the family planning group reports that 99 cities out of 125 surveyed had ratios higher than 125-100.

It said abortion is the cause of the gender imbalance — which has already led to the selling of girl babies, forced marriages, sexual slavery, an increase in crime and a host of other social problems.

Long-term, a nation of mostly men will find themselves without partners and experts predict serious mental health issues and other negative effects. It will also lead to fewer children supporting their older parents and grandparents and a potential financial collapse or poverty as a result.

China overall male-female ratio was 119-100 in 2005 at a time when the UN suggests that a 107-100 ratio is normal for industrialized nations.

Song Jiang, from Renmin University told the official Xinhua news agency that "the traditional thinking that boys are better than girls" is behind the imbalance.