I find this a little sad and a little worrying
China admits 24m men to remain bachelorsMore than 24 million Chinese men of marriageable age in a decade may never find a bride because births of boys so far outnumber those of girls.
A new report by China’s top think tank describes the gender imbalance among newborns as the most serious demographic problem in the world’s most populous country. The report does not try to hide that the preference for boys is a consequence of the strict “one couple, one child” family planning policy intended to curb rampant population growth.
The surplus of men, which will result in an army of bachelors — known as “bare branches” — in China’s poorest rural areas, has been described by senior officials as a grave problem that could lead to a surge in crime and stoke social instability — the greatest fear for the ruling Communist Party.I rather approve of the Chinese attempt to address the overpopulation problem, however combined with Chinese cultural attitudes which favour male children this seems to have caused a potentially serious problem.The normal sex ratio of birth of 103-107 boys for every 100 girls began to shift in the late 1980s. It rose from 108 boys in 1982 to 111 in 1990 and to 116 a decade later.
A report last year published in the British Medical Journal by Dr Therese Hesketh of University College London noted that two poorer, largely rural provinces had the highest imbalances in the country, with 140 boys for every 100 girls in the one to four age range. She wrote: “Nothing can be done now to prevent this imminent generation of excess men.”