In Januarythe Chinese Government released data confirming that the population of China was an impressive 1,, although this does not include TaiwanHong Kong and Macau.
Missing Girls and Rapid Aging May 22, The population increased to 1. The average annual growth for the last decade was 0. The census figures also confirmed the trend toward a rapidly aging population.
Those over 60 years of age comprise Meanwhile children under the age of 14 now make up In a separate article on the census results, the Wall Street Journal looked at the gender imbalance caused by the preference for sons. The male population is now This is the result of sex selective abortions, facilitated by the use of ultrasound.
As well, undesired female babies are frequently abandoned or given up for adoption. One factor that might help change attitudes towards female babies is the rise in real estate prices. It is customary for the parents of a male child to buy their son an apartment when he marries.
An article dated Nov. This compares with national figures of The census data imply that the total number of children a woman will have in her life may now be at only 1.
The markedly fewer number of children being born means that the working age population will be under much greater pressure in the future to support the elderly.
The Economist also looked at the longer term consequences of the lack of female babies. China might grow old before it gets rich, warned the headline of report on the census published by the Guardian newspaper, Apr. As the pool of new workers shrinks China may run out of time to move its factories to less labor intensive and more value added methods.
The Guardian also picked up on another problem brought by government policies. Migrating to find work in the factories where the economy is booming does not bring with it the right of residence.
The traditional policy of household registration, which was designed to keep the peasants tied to their land, is still in force. The workers can be expelled at will and have no access to health services or to schools for their children.
One of the most recent instances was a report that family planning officials are abducting children and selling them for profit overseas. This ranged from forced abortions and sterilizations to coerced testing for pregnancy. In addition, men and women who violated the restrictions on the number of children have been beaten, detained, or fined.
Some have even lost their jobs, or were denied household registration permits for their children, according to CHRD. The problem of abductions was also looked at by the Financial Times, in an article dated Feb.
It cited reports of government estimates of up to 20, children being trafficked every year. The destiny of these children varies. Some are used by criminal gangs as street beggars, others are destined for child labor, and many are sold for adoption.
According to the Financial Times the government has tried to stop the abductions and two years ago launched a campaign that led to the liberation of 9, abducted children, and the arrest of over 17, people. When it comes to forced abortion one case was described in an Associated Press article published last Oct.
Construction worker Luo Yanquan said his wife was forcibly taken from her house on Oct. She was taken to a hospital and injected with a drug that killed her baby.
The event took place just a month before her due date.China’s ageing society problem appears to be worsening, with the latest official statistics revealing that both its birth and marriage rates have dropped significantly.
China has the largest population in the world, with a shocking number of billion people and growing by the minute. The overpopulation . Aspects of Size Magnitude and Growth. As the world's population surpassed 6 billion (6,,,) in October , China's population represented more than 1/5 of this total (%) — one out of every five people in the world lives in China.
Social issues in China are varied and wide-ranging, and are a combined result of the Chinese economic reforms set in place in the late s, China's political and cultural history, and an immense population. Because of the vast number of social problems that exist in China today (not at all exclusive to the following list), China's government.
On January 18th, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announced that China’s working age population (ages ) had declined in . By virtue of China's large population (and the large population of India, which also skews male), gender imbalance is now a global concern.
"The overall sex ratio of .