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China's Female Population Numbers Continue to Shrink

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China's Female Population Numbers Continue to Shrink

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China's Female Population Numbers Continue to Shrink

China's Female Population Numbers Continue to Shrink

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China's demographics don't add up, according to a new study. The country's 2000 census indicates 120 boys are born for every 100 girls, giving China the highest sex ratio in the world. Researchers estimate the country is missing a million girls every year from its birth count, renewing fears that widespread sex selection and infanticide may be to blame. NPR's Susan Stamberg talks with Bowdoin College professor Nancy Riley.