Thursday, August 23, 2007

Boys vs. Girls

An increasing crime rate, growing demand for pornography and illegal marriage are some of the consequences that could result from the widening gender gap in China, experts have warned. Currently, there are about 18 million more males of marrying age than females, the Xinhua News Agency said on Wednesday. The report said it is estimated that by 2020, males between the ages of 20 and 45 will outnumber their female counterparts by 30 million.

At the moment, 119 boys are born for every 100 girls in China, Jiang Chunyun, director of the China Family Planning Association, one of the country's largest non-governmental organizations, was cited as saying by the report. The international average ratio is between 103 and 107 boys for every 100 girls.

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