Warning over China gender imbalance

13/1/10

The Chinese tradition of families favouring boys over girls has led to a worrying gender imbalance that could see millions of men unable to find marriage partners, a report has found.According to the study by China’s Academy of Social Sciences, the imbalance means that more than 24 million men looking to marry will be unable to find a wife by the year 2020. The study by the government-backed academy said the situation among newborns was the most serious demographic problem for the country’s 1.3 billion people. Both the traditional fertility culture and prenatal sex selection had contributed to the problem, Wang Guangzhou, a researcher on the project, was quoted as saying by the state-run Global Times

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