The Inevitable World War With China
I once got into a nasty, loud argument at a dinner party with a woman who is in direct marketing. It started when I said I have no interest in ever going to China.
"Why don't you want to go to China?" someone asked. "The human rights issue?"
"Human rights is their business," I said. "No, my problem with China is the one-child policy and the state-sanctioned murder of girl babies."
"Wait a minute," this woman said from across the table. "I've been to China five times and have a master's in Far East studies."
"You have to study China--and actually go there--to understand the situation. They've got over a billion people. They live cheek by jowl. They have no privacy. They can barely feed themselves."
"That gives them the right to murder little girl babies?" I asked.
"Nobody murders little girl babies," she said. "The government doesn't come through the countryside ripping girl babies from their parents' arms and killing them."
"What happens then?"
I erupted. "That makes it okay? It's okay to have a child, and then abandon it?"
"You don't understand," the woman persisted. "If you don't have a boy child--it's a cultural thing with the Chinese. For centuries they have believed that if you don't have a male child the family line will cease to exist."
Current statistics indicate that because of the vast numbers of Chinese baby girls given up for international adoption plus gendercide--millions of abortions and abandonment of female babies--the current ratio of birth registrations in China is 118 boys for every 100 girls. In the rather droll, understated words of the BBC's Adam Brookes, "In other words, nearly one-seventh of Chinese girl babies are going missing."
For second births, the ratio is 152 boys for every 100 girls, according to Arthur E. Dewey, assistant secretary of state for Population, Refugees and Migration.