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Gender disparities in China
  1. T Hesketh,
  2. Z Wei Xing
  1. UCL Centre for International Health and Development
  1. Therese Hesketh, UCL Centre for International Health and Development; t.hesketh{at}

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Chan et al address a number of disparities in children’s health in China focusing on regional differences and certain vulnerable groups.1 However, they make no mention of a very important disparity: that of the disparity between genders. This is mainly manifest antenatally through sex-selective abortion, but is also seen in excess female infant mortality.2

We have analysed data from the 2005 Intercensus Survey, carried …

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