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Males Outnumber Females by 20% in China

A recent report argues that the gap between the number of Chinese males and females has approached 20% and continues to increase in China.

Research conducted by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and published in Business Weekly indicates that there are now 120 males for every 100 females, up from 113.8 to 100 in 1995.

Female infanticide, sex-selective abortion, and the Chinese government’s “one-child” policy, instituted in the 1980s to curb population growth, are all thought to have contributed to the imbalance.

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AFP and Nando Media - January 7, 1999

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