China will be home to 300 million more men than women by 2020, state media said on Thursday, warning the gender imbalance, along with an aging population and rapid urbanization, could be destabilizing.
China has about 119 boys born for every 100 girls, an imbalance that has grown since it introduced a one-child policy more than 25 years ago to curb population growth — a restriction that bolstered a traditional preference for boys…
Already the combination of an aging population and single-child families mean that only-children face the prospect of looking after two parents and four grandparents, a potentially huge financial burden in the absence of a comprehensive pension system. [Full Text]
Read CDT’s post on the related issue of Aging.
(Photo of China’s propaganda poster on One Child Policy)