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China’s ratio of male to female babies remains high despite sixth annual fall

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 17 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h937
  1. Shuping Dai1,
  2. Xiaohong Li2
  1. 1School of Public Health, Shandong University
  2. 2Shanghai

China recorded 115.88 boys born for every 100 girls in 2014, data from the National Health and Family Planning Commission have shown. This is the sixth year in a row that the ratio has fallen since 2009, when it stood at 119.45.

However, experts regard China’s sex ratio at birth as still too high and say that it is having an unhealthy effect on society. Large numbers of young men, especially in rural areas, are unable …

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