Thursday, October 5, 2006

Lack of Brides in China

"China faces a future of crime and instability as a generation of 40 million men is left frustrated by a lack of brides, thanks to the practice of selective abortion of female foetuses, a population official has warned. Men left on the shelf would resort to prostitutes or pay huge prices for brides, while trafficking in women and girls kidnapped from rural areas and other countries would increase.

Li Weixiong, vice-chairman of a committee studying population and environmental issues, gave the warning to a government advisory body in Beijing this week. "This is by no means a sensational prediction," said Mr Li, according to the official news agency Xinhua. "The great disparities between male and female newborns mean a serious threat to building a well-off society. The disproportion of male to female has become more and more serious, especially in the rural areas."

China's enforcement of the one-child policy for the Han majority since the late 1970s has exacerbated a cultural preference for sons to carry on family names and tend the graves of ancestors." By Hamish McDonald,smh.com.au Link to Article (last visited 10-5-06 NVS)

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