- Ted Plafker
Chinese demographers are warning that the nation's social fabric could unravel under pressure from an increasingly skewed sex ratio in newborns. According to figures published this month in state run Chinese media, 116.86 boys are born for every 100 girls in China. The numbers mark a worsening of a trend that began more than 20 years ago but that officials have only recently begun to face.
Data from the 2000 census showed wide regional differences in the ratio. Normal ratios of between 102 and 106 boys per …