Men far out­num­ber women

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

The Chi­nese pop­u­la­tion has lost its gen­der bal­ance, with the male pop­u­la­tion far out­num­ber­ing the fe­male pop­u­la­tion. Ex­perts pre­dict that the num­ber of Chi­nese bach­e­lors will likely soar af­ter 2020.

Sta­tis­tics show that by the end of 2014, the main­land’s male pop­u­la­tion amounted to over 700 mil­lion, out­num­ber­ing the fe­male pop­u­la­tion by 33.76 mil­lion. The ra­tio be­tween un­mar­ried males and fe­males was 206:100 in post-70s.

The rea­son for the im­bal­ance is be­lieved to be the higher birth rate of the male pop­u­la­tion, a re­sult of Chi­nese peo­ple’s tra­di­tional pref­er­ences for sons.

Ex­perts say the gen­der gap, if left unchecked, may lead to so­cial prob­lems such as early mar­riages, ex­tra­mar­i­tal af­fairs, ab­duc­tions of fe­males and sex­ual crimes.

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