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China Reports Latest Sex Ratio Figures

BEIJING, Aug. 16 (UPI) — China Tuesday reported improvement in the sex ratio at birth with 118.08 males for every 100 females last year, compared to 119.45 to 100 in 2009.

Li Bin, director of China’s National Population and Family Planning Commission, said the numbers show the sex ratio increase has been preliminarily brought under control, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

The 2010 numbers were the first decrease in the sex ratio since 2006 when the 11th Five-Year Program started.

Li credited the improvement on the crackdown on illegal sex determination and sex-selective abortions.

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

He called for stepped up efforts to clamp down on illegal sex determination and sex-selective abortions, while tightening monitoring.

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