China is asking where all the girls have gone.
And the sobering answer is that this vast nation, now the world’s fastest-growing economy, is confronting a self-perpetuated demographic disaster that some experts describe as “gendercide” — the phenomenom caused by millions of families resorting to abortion and infanticide to make sure their one child was a boy.
The age-old bias for boys, combined with China’s draconian one-child policy imposed since 1980, has produced what Gu Baochang, a leading Chinese expert on family planning, described as “the largest, the highest, and the longest” gender imbalance in the world. [Full Text]
Also from Xinhua, via INS:
Chinese men born after the 1970s could find it difficult to find a spouse as many more boys were born than girls since the 1980s, says a report of the China Juvenile Research Centre (CJRC).
China’s fifth national census in 2000 shows that 119.92 boys were born for every 100 girls. [Full Text]