Gender Imbalance Worst in China

November 18, 2007 12:00 am Last Updated: November 18, 2007 12:00 am

The ratio of newborn boys to girls in China has now reached 119.58 to 100. This has lead to China being the dubious world leader in terms of gender imbalance. A ratio of between 103 and 107 to 100 is considered normal.

A random sampling by the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics showed that in rural areas, the ratio of boys to girls is 122.85 to 100.

The Director of the State Planning Commission Zhang Weiqing said that currently, families in rural China depend on domestic labor for agricultural production. This reliance has resulted in families favoring male children. The chronic imbalance between the two genders will make it difficult for men to find a spouse, which in turn impacts social stability and harmony.

Since the 1980s, the ratio of boys to girls was high. Currently there are 18 million more men than women who are approaching marriage age. In 2020, it is estimated that there will be 30 million more men than women between the ages of 20 and 45 in China.