China's male-to-female ratio declines for first time

15:24, June 04, 2010      

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China's male-to-female ratio at birth declined in 2009 for the first time, said Li Bin, director of China's National Population and Family Planning Commission, on June 2.

In 2009, China's male-to-female at birth stood at 119.45, a drop of 1.11 points from 2008, Li said.

From the comprehensive situation, the high growth momentum of the sex ratio at birth has started to curb, Li said at a conference for the national "Care for Girls" campaign and comprehensive management of gender imbalance in babies. Statistics show the sex ratio at birth is in a trend of decline in 14 provinces, with some provinces witnessing a considerable drop.

China has maintained a high male-to-female ratio at birth since the 1980s, and stood at 116.9 in 2000 and 119 in 2005. The sex ratio even reached the 130 mark in some provinces in 2005, seriously deviating from the normal level of 103 to 107.

By People's Daily Online


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