Editor’s note: Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin is a weekly online, subscription intelligence news service from the creator of WorldNetDaily.com – a journalist who has been developing sources around the world for the last 25 years.
If you think the United States Social Security system is headed for disaster in the next 10 to 15 years, you should consider the plight of China.
Five years ago, each retiree in China was supported by 10 workers. By 2020 this ratio will have fallen to one to six, and by 2050 to one to three, reports Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
China’s population grew at an estimated average rate of 1 percent a year between 1991 and 2002. It was then officially estimated at 1.28 billion, though this may be a significant underestimate. Under-reporting of births has become common since the government’s strict one-child family policy was introduced in 1980.
The birth rate fell from 37 per 1,000 people in 1952 to 12.9 per 1,000 in 2002. The death rate fell from 17 per 1,000 in the early years of the People’s Republic of China to 6.4 per 1,000 in 2002.
This shortage of workers to support an aging population including more and more retirees will cause an economic crisis in China, say intelligence analysts. Such a crisis happens to coincide with military plans China is making to recapture Taiwan – an economically prosperous breakaway island republic.
But that may be only the first phase of an expansionist effort by Beijing to compensate for an aging population and a shrinking economy at home.
In addition, to an aging population, China increasingly is developing a population dominated by males. This, too, is a direct offshoot of the one-child policy, which has resulted in the “disappearance” of millions of girls – most of whom are assumed to have been killed at birth or shortly afterward, while others were the victims of sex-selection abortion procedures. Many other young girls are put up for foreign adoption. Two-thirds of Chinese children put up for adoption are female.
As first reported in WorldNetDaily, in September 1997, the World Health Organization released a report at WHO’s Regional Committee for the Western Pacific that said more than 50 million women were estimated to be “missing” in China because of the institutionalized killing and neglect of girls due to Beijing’s population control program that limits parents to one child.
Many of the girls were killed while still in the womb – the victims of ultrasound technology that revealed the baby’s sex. Others, WHO said, were starved to death after birth, the victims of violence or were not treated when they became ill.
The report’s statistics showed that in 1994, 117 boys were born for every 100 girls in China. That is the same ratio today in China – 10 years later. Though baby girls tend to have a higher survival rate than boys, that natural process has been dramatically reversed in China by infanticide, gross neglect, maltreatment and malnutrition of females in a culture that regards boys as more desirable – especially when couples get only one chance at parenthood.
The trend transcends the infancy stage, too, the report shows. Girls are at higher risk than boys of dying before the age of 5 in China – despite their natural biological advantages.
“In many cases, mothers are more likely to bring their male children to health centers – particularly to private physicians – and they may be treated at an earlier stage of disease than girls,” the paper reported.
WHO documented what can only be described as the biggest single holocaust in human history – and doing it in a surprisingly clinical and low-key fashion. It was characterized in that WorldNetDaily report, for the first time, as “gendercide,” a phrase that has been picked up by other organizations and activists around the globe
There have been many creative efforts among the Chinese population to get around the one-child policy. A new effort by the government institutes fines for couples giving birth to babies while they are not legally married.
A new regulation in Jiangxi province enacted Feb. 1 prescribes that any couple without an official marriage certificate will have to pay a fine if they produce babies. Local family planning officials say this is a way to prevent violations of the one-child policy and protect teenagers.
The fines will be levied in line with the income index of the area. The average income of the urban population in 2003 in the province was roughly 6,900 yuan, or about $830, and for the rural population was around 2,000 yuan. The regulation specifies that if an unmarried couple has a baby they will be charged 1.05 times the index amount and if one or both of them are younger than the lawful marriage age, the fine will be 1.75 times the index.
The lawful marriage age is 22 for males and 20 for females in China.
Parents who want to have another child against the one-child policy will face fines of up to 3.5 times the average yearly income, according to the regulation. Fines of that magnitude force many women into abortions.
Meanwhile, the Chinese government grants benefits for one-child families. China’s law on population and family planning, as amended in 2002, requires governments at various levels to offer help to one-child families, especially those in the countryside, providing preferential treatment such as financing, insurance, medical services, education and employment.
Chinese adults desperate for children have fueled a major criminal industry in child kidnappings. One recent government operation cracked a gang suspected of being behind a wave of abductions and reunited 63 children with their parents after weeks or months of separation.
The children – all boys who are much in demand among childless couples in China – were sold as far away as the southeastern province of Fujian 750 miles from Kunming in Yunnan province, according to published reports.
The children, who ranged in age from five months to 13 years, changed hands several times – rising in value with each transaction. One boy was sold 13 times, with the price tag going up from initially $241 to eventually $2,400.
Earlier, police in Guizhou province, also in southwest China, arrested 45 people engaged in kidnapping and selling children. Recently, three men were sentenced to death for kidnapping 32 young women, also in Guizhou. In November, two leaders of a gang accused of trafficking 118 babies received death sentences in the southern Chinese city of Yulin.
But still the kidnappings continue.
So great is the shortage of young women in China, many men are taking to “purchasing” foreign “brides” – sometimes actually sex slaves. The price for Burmese women – many of whom are desperate because of poverty in that nation – is between $600 and $2,400, depending on youth and beauty.
In border towns like Ruili and throughout Yunnan province, AIDS is a major killer. A prostitute’s fee there is the equivalent of $1.20 for a brief encounter or $6 for an entire night. Most of the prostitutes are Burmese women.
China now has the world’s highest gender disparity among newborns: 117 boys are born for every 100 girls. That is well above the natural ratio of 105 boys for every 100 girls (the ratio in the United States). In some parts of China and India the imbalance is almost as high as three boys for every two girls. Across Asia, the gender imbalance translates into millions of “missing” girls.
Officially, the government of China has banned the use of ultrasound to determine gender. But the laws are hard to enforce, because the women who take the tests and the doctors who perform them keep them secret.
As countries modernize and women become more educated, they often choose to have fewer children. But in Asia, many women still want to have at least one boy.
“Some people think sons can earn more money,” says Minja Kim Choe, a demographer at the University of Hawaii.
Some Chinese couples who want a boy simply choose to abandon female infants to die.