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Nov 24, 2021 06:50 PM
CHINA

Gender Imbalance Deepens in Rural China

The previous one-child policy effective from 1979 to 2015 is recognized as the reason for the wider gender imbalance in rural areas, where families tend to prefer boys. Photo: VCG
The previous one-child policy effective from 1979 to 2015 is recognized as the reason for the wider gender imbalance in rural areas, where families tend to prefer boys. Photo: VCG

China’s gender imbalance widened in rural areas last year as males continued outnumbering females in all these areas across the country, according to official data published by the National Bureau of Statistics.

For rural areas, the 1.4 billion-strong nation reported a sex ratio last year of 107.91, around 108 males for every 100 females, according to the China Statistical Yearbook 2021. The figure was about 103 in urban areas.

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