February 23, 2024

IN BRIEF: China; India; Joffe bill; stem cells

  • Although China’s top population official, Zhang Weiqing, has acknowledged that his country’s sex ration “has not been checked effectively”, he insists that the current one-child policy should remain in effect. To lower the ratio of boys to girls, which is as high as 130 to 100 in the southern provinces of Hainan and Guangdong, the government plans to outlaw sex-selective abortions, launch a modest pension plan for parents with no sons, and to step up a public education campaign that “girls are as good as boys”.