24 million men unable to find spouses in 2020

By Zhao Chunzhe (
Updated: 2010-01-11 14:25
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Low birth rates of women in China may be to blame for some 24 million men failing to find a spouse in 2020, according to a report of the Chinese Academy of Social Science (CASS), cited by

More inter-generational marriages with wives being older than their husbands' families will emerge due to a large proportion of men born since the 1980s.

"People's minds have changed a lot during recent twenty years. Young couples don't want to have a second child, or just live a DINK life," said Yan Hua, sociology PHD of CASS.

Some people's preference of wanting a boy to continue the family line also leads to the abortion of girls in rural China, the report said.