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    Woman shortage in China by 2020

    40m Bachelors And No Women


    By Justin McCurry and Rebecca Allison

    09 March, 2004
    The Guardian

    China, the most populous nation on Earth, could find itself dealing with the combined frustrations of as many as 40 million single men by 2020 because its one-child policy is creating a shortage of female babies.
    In an unusually frank speech on China's looming demographic crisis, Li Weixiong, who advises the country's political consultative conference on population issues, said a cultural preference for boys was creating an artificial disparity between the number of boys and girls that represents "a serious threat to building a well-off society".

    Mr Li said the dearth of women would lead to a dramatic rise in prostitution and the trafficking of women. "This is by no means a sensational prediction," he said.

    The search for love is leading traditionally staid Chinese men down unfamiliar paths. There are reports of men placing ads in major newspapers begging women to respond. If the ads are anything to go by - with some ads emphasising the possession of a good bathroom - the way to a modern Chinese woman's heart is a spacious apartment and a decent salary.

    Wealthier men are reportedly taking their search beyond China's borders, a risky tactic given that many Chinese households have been less than welcoming to foreign brides.

    Unmarried men with less money often have no choice but to turn to illegal brokers, who dupe rural women into moving to the city with bogus job offers.

    The widespread introduction of ultrasound testing has enabled a much larger number of Chinese couples to choose to abort female foetuses in the hope that the next pregnancy will produce a son.

    Mr Li said the gender ratio had stayed relatively normal up until 1982 - two years after the Chinese authorities imposed the one-child rule - at 100 girls born for every 108 boys. But by 2000, the ratio had shifted significantly to about 117 boys to 100 girls.

    The disparity is even bigger in rural areas, where the boy-to-girl imbalance is estimated to be as high as 130 to 100.

    Abortions are not the only cause of the imbalance. There is alarming evidence that the intense pressure on couples to make sure their only child is a boy has prompted a resurgence of female infanticide, despite official attempts to stamp out the centuries-old practice.

    Rural families are said to be particularly tempted to kill female offspring, such is the pressure to produce a child capable of coping with the physical demands of farming and prevent cash-strapped farming households from being plunged even deeper into poverty.

    In some cases, according to reports, other girls are hidden from the authorities, or die at a young age through neglect.

    Even in urban areas, boys are generally preferred because they are regarded as more able than girls to provide for their families, care for elderly relatives and continue the family line.

    The government, stung by accusations from child welfare groups that it is turning a blind eye to the practice of girl-killing, has allowed some provinces to grant couples permission to have more than one child provided they pay a fine to register each extra birth.

    In some villages, local officials have placed dozens of posters bearing the message: "Daughters are as good as sons!"

    Despite growing evidence of the enormous social cost of their one-child policy, officials in Beijing insist there are no plans to relax the measure, which they regard as the most important weapon in China's battle to keep its population below 1.6 billion until 2050.

    Statistically, the policy has had some success. The communist authorities say it has prevented well over 300 million births since it was introduced in 1980 and is fulfilling its initial aim of ensuring that China can combat rural poverty and improve standards of living across the board.

    According to the UN, China's population stood at 1.3 billion in 2003 but independent estimates believe couples with extra children are hiding them from census authorities, meaning the actual figure could be as high as 1.5 billion.

    As the country's economy continues to grow and transform at an unprecedented rate, pressure to relax the policy looks likely to intensify if Mr Li's worst-case scenario of social unrest, exploitation of women and crime turns out to be correct.

    "Such serious gender disproportion poses a major threat to the healthy, harmonious and sustainable growth of the nation's population and would trigger such crimes and social problems as abduction of women and prostitution," he said.

    His claims are supported by official figures showing that police freed more than 42,000 kidnapped women and children in 2001 and 2002. Many of the victims are believed to have been sold into marriage or prostitution.

    Elisabeth Croll, professor of Chinese anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, said she welcomed Mr Li's warning as it would remind China's leaders of the magnitude of the problem they face.

    "It is not a new trend," she said. "Demographers in China as well as foreign analysts have been expressing concern for some years. In the last census it was quite clear that this was an upward trend and it is forecast that there will be a shortage of potential marriage mates which will lead to some social instability."

    Several years ago the government prohibited doctors from telling couples the sex of their child, but the measure seems to have had little effect. Mr Li called for a ban on mid-term abortions, except in cases with health concerns.

    China's experience could prove a lesson to other countries in the region whose populations are also being skewed by gender imbalance.

    Prof Croll said: "It is an Asia-wide problem affecting many countries including Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam and India. It is something that is increasing with development instead of decreasing."

    The professor, who wrote about the issue in her recent book Endangered Daughters: Discrimination and Development in Asia, said it was a mistake to blame girl infanticide in China only on a resurgence of "old ideas".

    For many families, she said, the preference for a son makes simple economic sense as they are less likely to leave the family home after marrying and, as higher earners than women, are more able to provide for the extended family.

    Prof Croll said more families in China's rapidly expanding cities were favouring sons, partly because a decline in pensions over the past decade had made older people less secure and more reliant on their children.

    If the authorities are reluctant to lift the birth limit, possible long-term solutions to the looming dearth of eligible women may be even more unpalatable. They include altering the traditional marital balance of power and bringing women's pay more into line with that of men, enabling them to better support their families.

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    rasscloth whole heap ah batty business ah go be goin on in China


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    Quote Originally Posted by cease10 View Post
    rasscloth whole heap ah batty business ah go be goin on in China
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    ent! they need to change that 1 child rule esp since they see this as a prospective problem.

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    Ladies opportunity to get a China Man.... no mind the willie is small.. Chinee men are ambitious and like money

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trinibaje View Post
    Ladies opportunity to get a China Man.... no mind the willie is small.. Chinee men are ambitious and like money
    You know? Especially like how some men behaving nowadays.

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    The problem already exists in rural parts of India.

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    For those women who love to mix so much, it's a great opportunity. They can gain more exposure to Chinese culture, become Chinese, learn to cook dog, cat, rats, and those fish whose name you can't pronounce some of which look like they have human heads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSP View Post
    For those women who love to mix so much, it's a great opportunity. They can gain more exposure to Chinese culture, become Chinese, learn to cook dog, cat, rats, and those fish whose name you can't pronounce some of which look like they have human heads.
    Or the Chinese men can learn to eat callaloo, fungee, saltfish, rodee, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antigua Me Come Fram View Post
    Or the Chinese men can learn to eat callaloo, fungee, saltfish, rodee, etc.
    I think some might already eat some form of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSP View Post
    For those women who love to mix so much, it's a great opportunity. They can gain more exposure to Chinese culture, become Chinese, learn to cook dog, cat, rats, and those fish whose name you can't pronounce some of which look like they have human heads.
    Ill, yuck you spoiled my lunch appetite
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    Your thread title is a bullah mans dream

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    Quote Originally Posted by WadadliEmpress View Post
    Your thread title is a bullah mans dream
    DL men all over the place.. plenty Arabs(male and female) into the anal thing, jus so the woman can stay a virgin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WadadliEmpress View Post
    Your thread title is a bullah mans dream
    That's why I made sure I add on the 2020 part just in case they decide to fly over one time. But really and truly I was giving the women some hope in case they can't get anything in the West.

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    Yeah I saw a special on this on TV and its heart breaking. All the kidnappings and abuse women get. You'd think they would be prized the more people realize there aren't enough women. It's an irony because in the US its the opposite, but the trend seems to be reversing here.
    USA
    0–14 years: 20.4% (male 31,095,847; female 29,715,872)
    15–64 years: 67.2% (male 100,022,845; female 100,413,484)
    65 years and over: 12.5% (male 15,542,288; female 21,653,879)

    China
    0-14 years: 20.8% (male 145,461,833; female 128,445,739)
    15-64 years: 71.4% (male 482,439,115; female 455,960,489)
    65 years and over: 7.7% (male 48,562,635; female 53,103,902)

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