…leads to hiding babies and distributing them amongst relatives so as to avoid the authorities. A Chinese demographer therefore suggests the official statistics are wrong:
Liang has discovered discrepancies in China’s census. “In 1990, the national census recorded 23 million births. But by the 2000 census, there were 26 million 10 year-old children, an increase of three million,” he said. His findings suggest that the one-child policy may not have the grim consequences that have been widely predicted.
While I’d be glad to hear that’s true, it doesn’t change the grim nature of the one-child policy. Neither does it change past reports of seeing classrooms filled with boys, for example.