For decades, the Chinese communist regime strictly enforced its one-child policy, with families that didn’t comply facing heavy fines, forced abortions, and sterilization procedures. In 2016, the regime began allowing families to have a second child (while keeping the heavy-handed enforcement).
But the new policy cannot reverse overnight a crippling social problem bequeathed by the former one-child limit: a large number of bachelors who are unlikely to ever find a wife.
According to the latest estimates by the World Bank, China’s sex ratio stands at 115.4 boys to 100 girls. This imbalance is the result of China’s one-child policy coupled with a deep-seated cultural preference for boys over girls.
Looks like the problem will be fixed eventually. In the meantime the bachelors can maybe move to the Mariana Islands.
The Northern Mariana Islands have the highest female ratio with 0.77 males per female. Qatar has the highest male ratio, with 2.87 males/female. For the group aged below 15, Sierra Leone has the highest female ratio with 0.96 males/female, and the Republic of Georgia and the People’s Republic of China are tied for the highest male ratio with 1.13 males/female (according to the 2006 CIA World Factbook)
With the continued preference for boys over girls that probably won’t change anytime soon, and the continued problem of abortion and the restrictive policy on how many children they can have, couldn’t this potentially take generations to come to a balance, and that would need significant changes to Chinese society for that to happen?
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