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中国出生人口的人口性别比有持续升高的迹象 - Gender ratio within newborn Chinese is continuing to show a rising tendency print version
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Member of the State Council Women Children working committee and vice-minister of the Health Department, Liu Qian, has said today that the population gender ratio within the born population in China is continuing to show a rising trend. The government shall take measures in five aspects, in order to turn this tendency around. Liu Qian said that according to current international standards, for each 100 female infants born there are 100-107 male infants born. In the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th censuses conducted in China in the years 1982, 1990, 2000, 2010, respectively, the born gender ratio (male per female) was 108.5, 111.3, 116.9 and 118.08. It can be seen from this data that the gender ratio in China's born population is continuing to show a rising trend.

Liu Qian pointed out that the cause leading to the rising population gender ratio has many aspects; one is the factor of traditional concepts, such as 'regarding men as superior to women', 'raising sons for old age security'; the second aspect is related to economy and labor factors; the third aspect is the misuse of some medical technology.

The adopted measures mainly include the following five aspects: 1. Developing the society's production force with higher speed, continuing to improve the life quality of the people. 2. Perfecting the society's insurance system. 3. Fixing national policies for man-woman equality. 4. Strongly attacking the illegal fetus gender identification (ultrasound) and the actions of stopping pregnancies conducted by non-medical workers. 5. Strengthening the coordination between relevant departments.

[1] 国务院妇女儿童工作委员会 guówùyuàn fùnǚ értóng gōngzuò wěiyuánhuì - 'National Working Committee on Children and Women under the State Council' (see here), a committee focusing on women, family planning, reproduction and children related issue, managed by the Chinese State Council (the chief administrative authority in the PRC)

[2] 卫生部 wèishēngbù - Health department

[3] 副部长 fùbùzhǎng - Vice-minister

[4] 人口性别比 rénkǒu xìngbié bǐ - Population gender ratio, men per women

[5] 官方 guānfāng - Government

[6] 全国人口普查 quánguó rénkǒu pǔchá - National census, a survey of the entire Chinese population

[7] 传统观念 chuántǒng guānniàn - Traditional concepts, traditional (often associated with the countryside) ideas

[8] 重男轻女 zhòng nán qīng nǚ - 'Regarding men as important and women as not'; preferring sons over daughters, a concept which is derived from traditional beliefs.

[9] 养儿防老 yǎngérfánglǎo - 'Raising sons, protecting old'; raising sons as insurance for old age

[10] 医学技术 yīxué jìshù - Medical technology

[11] 滥用 lànyòng - Misuse, abuse

[12] 社会生产力 shèhuì shēngchǎnlì- Society production force

[13] 社会保障制度 shèhuì bǎozhàng zhìdù - Social security system; policies and measures to improve social welfare

[14] 男女平等 nánnǚ píngděng - Man-woman equality

[15] 基本国策 jīběn guó cè - Basic national policies

[16] 胎儿性别鉴定 tāiér xìngbié jiàndìng - Identifying fetus gender

[17] 终止妊娠 zhōngzhǐ rènshēn - Terminating pregnancy

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