China: A Future With A Shortage Of Brides, An Abundance Of Elderly

By Daisy Sindelar, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, from TruthNews: “China has gone to extreme lengths to stem population growth with its “one-child” policy. But the government is now facing new, longer-term problems: a shortage of marriage-age women, and an abundance of elderly. The one-child policy has increased the use of selective abortion to allow families to control the gender of their child. The strong preference for sons means that as many as 117 boys are now being born for every 100 girls. The sex-ratio gap has already led to a reported rise in kidnapping and trafficking of marriageable women. The Chinese government is now focusing on how to reverse the bride shortage, as well as how to cope with the rapid ‘graying’ of a country where by mid-century, some predict, one out of every five people will be over the age of 65.”

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