Reports that China is considering backing off its notorious one-child-per-couple policy in the next five years may have more to do with a social imbalance-too many men, too few women-rather than global economics.... "Some 22 million Chinese men won't be able to marry in the next 10 years or so because there aren't enough women," says Susan Greenhalgh, a professor of Anthropology at UC Irvine and author of a book on China's one child policy. "All these unmarried men scare Chinese officials," Greenhalgh goes on to say. "They become 'sex starved bachelors' in the minds of officials, on the prowl disrupting the social order. And social order is very important there."

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