The midwife must have dropped that tiny baby alive into the slops pail!
I nearly threw myself at it, but the two policemen [who had accompanied me] held my shoulders in a firm grip.
For comparison, there are 23m boys below the age of 20 in Germany, France and Britain combined and around 40m American boys and young men.
So within ten years, China faces the prospect of having the equivalent of the whole young male population of America, or almost twice that of Europe's three largest countries, with little prospect of marriage, untethered to a home of their own and without the stake in society that marriage and children provide.
The number is based on the sexual discrepancy among people aged 19 and below.
' “Suddenly, I thought I heard a slight movement in the slops pail behind me,” Miss Xinran remembers.“To my absolute horror, I saw a tiny foot poking out of the pail.