China’s sex ratio declines

August 16th, 2011 - 5:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Aug 16 (IANS) China’s sex ratio has declined for two straight years, the country’s chief of population and family planning said Tuesday.

Li Bin, director of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, said at a press conference that according to census data China’s sex ratio at birth was 118.08 males for every 100 females in 2010.

According to figures from the National Statistics Bureau, the ratio stood at 119.45 in 2009, marking the first decrease since 2006 when the 11th Five-Year Programme started, reported Xinhua.

“However, we must be sober-minded that, the sex ratio at birth in China is still at a relatively high level,” Li said, adding that if the trend continues it will jeopardise gender equality, development of girls, lawful interests and rights of women, and the nation’s long-term development.

Li called for great efforts to be made in clamping down on illegal sex determination and sex-selective abortions, while strengthening monitoring.

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