Sex ratio for newborns aged zero to four had reached 163.5 boys to 100 girls by the end of 2005 in Lianyungang, a city in east China's Jiangsu Province.
Newborn babies exercise as they float in water at a hospital in Shanghai January 23, 2007. [Reuters]
Similarly alarming figures have also been recorded in Hainan, Henan, Guangdong and Anhui, with Hainan chalking up a ratio of 136 to 100, according to a report of the China Family Planning Association (CFPA), which called for attention to the severe challenges in population affairs.
A total of 99 cities had sex ratios higher than 125 and the national average figure reached 119 in 2005, the CFPA said.
The normal sex ratio should be kept below 107:100, according to the United Nations standards.
The CFPA, which is affiliated to the National Population and Family Planning Commission (NPFPC), attributed the gender imbalance to s
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