BEIJING, May 31, 2013 ( – Thanks to a gaping gender imbalance caused by decades of sex-selective abortion, getting married in modern China may cost men in some cities ten years' income or more. In effect, the one child policy has locked all but the economic elite out of marriage.

According to a recent survey, more than two-thirds of Chinese men do not make enough money for women to consider marrying them. Those who do will be paying the bill for years.

Before walking down the aisle, Derek Wei had to pay 68,888 yuan (more than $11,000) in a “bride price,” or dowry, to his future wife, Lucy Wang. “In an ordinary family, the betrothal gift is about $10,000,” Wang said. “To be honest, where I'm from, that's hardly anything.”


In addition to a hefty dowry, a 2011 survey conducted by the China Association of Social Workers found that 70 percent of Chinese women expect men to provide an apartment as part of the marriage “package” that may also include a car, jewelry, or other luxuries.

An urban apartment in China alone may cost 15 years' income.

Total marriage costs in the city of Hangzhou “were estimated at 1.78 million yuan ($290,000), whereas in Nanjing they were 1 million yuan ($163,000),” according to The Epoch Times.

The survey found that “80 percent of the single women interviewed think that it's reasonable for men to only consider a relationship if they receive a monthly income of above 4,000 yuan.”

However, the survey found only 29 percent of men earn more than 15,000 yuan ($2,400) a month, or $28,800 a year.  

Future trends look bleak as Chinese men tend to be less educated and earn less money than women, a growing trend in the United States.

Men in many of China's rural areas, which present less earning potential and are often marked by deep poverty, have little hope of ever tying the knot.

The scarcity of women stems from the nation's severe sexual imbalance. There are 117 men for every 100 women.

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Reggie Littlejohn of Women's Rights Without Frontiers has long warned that lifelong loneliness is one byproduct of the toxic mixture of cultural sexism and draconian population control measures.

“There are an estimated 37 million Chinese men who will never marry because their future wives were terminated before they were born,” said Littlejohn. “This gender imbalance is a powerful, driving force behind trafficking in women and sexual slavery, not only in China, but in neighboring nations as well.”

China's population officials have boasted that, since the Communist Party initiated new measures in 1979, the one-child policy has prevented 400 million births. Littlejohn said that number was comprised of 336 million abortions, with the remainder accounted for by forced sterilizations.

According to the State Department, the number of Chinese women is further decimated, as they are three-times more likely to commit suicide than men due to the nation's “birth-limitation policies, and other societal factors.”

Ending sex-selective abortion was the theme of this year's March for Life in Canada,where Littlejohn was keynote speaker.

After years of attempting to bring the most brutal form of sexual discrimination to light, she was grateful the nation's pro-life movement highlighted forced abortion.

“Thank you,” she said. “You inspire me.”

The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are “missing” worldwide due to sex-selective abortion and gendercide.