‘Don't move, you can't save it, it's too late.' “‘But that's...murder..you're the police! The policemen held on to me for a few more minutes.
‘Doing a baby girl is not a big thing around here,' [an] older woman said comfortingly. Around these parts, you can't get by without a son.
' “Suddenly, I thought I heard a slight movement in the slops pail behind me,” Miss Xinran remembers.
“To my absolute horror, I saw a tiny foot poking out of the pail.
Boys are slightly more likely to die in infancy than girls.
Other countries have wildly skewed sex ratios without China's draconian population controls (see chart 1).
These rates are biologically impossible without human intervention.
The national averages hide astonishing figures at the provincial level.
For comparison, there are 23m boys below the age of 20 in Germany, France and Britain combined and around 40m American boys and young men.
So within ten years, China faces the prospect of having the equivalent of the whole young male population of America, or almost twice that of Europe's three largest countries, with little prospect of marriage, untethered to a home of their own and without the stake in society that marriage and children provide.