Num­ber of ‘left over’ men con­tin­ues to grow

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

China may fail to curb its wor­ry­ing gen­der im­bal­ance be­fore 2015 as planned, the coun­try’s top fam­ily plan­ning body said.

The Sixth Na­tional Pop­u­la­tion Cen­sus showed that ev­ery year, there are about 1.2 mil­lion more “left­over men” — men who are older than 30 and un­mar­ried.

By 2020, China will have at least 30 mil­lion more un­mar­ried men than women be­tween the ages of 20 and 45.

“It is a grave so­cial prob­lem as many men will face old age with­out the eco­nomic and emo­tional sup­port of a fam­ily,” said Zhai Zhenwu, head of the School of So­cial and Pop­u­la­tion Stud­ies at Ren­min Univer­sity of China.

Lu Hua­jie, a pro­fes­sor of so­ci­ol­ogy at Pek­ing Univer­sity, said il­le­gal gen­der test­ing and sub­se­quent abor­tions are mainly re­spon­si­ble for the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion.

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