How Ukraine Can Save China From Its Existential Threat (Spoiler Alert: Girls)

Tyler Durden's picture

In China last year, just over 115 boys were born for every 100 girls, and since sonogram technology was introduced to China in the 1980s - allowing families to determine a baby’s gender during the first few months of pregnancy - the gender imbalance in the world's largest economy has grown colossal. However, as Beijing News recently explained, there may be a solution for China's 34 million woman shortfall... Ukrainian women, as "their economy is depressed but beautiful women are running rampant." While Foreign Policy notes that the best destinations for Chinese men to find spouses are Japan and South Korea, there appears to be plenty of fish in the sea, at least outside China. Oh the wonders of Ricardian comparative advantage - Ukraine needs an export business (and produces - from what we have heard - attractive women) and China needs to import 'women' (to fill its massive shortfall). Global economic growth problems, solved...


As Foreign Policy reports,

"Their economy is depressed but beautiful women are running rampant,” the state-run Beijing News reported Jan. 22 in a story suggesting that Ukrainian women could be the solution to China’s woman shortage. The piece, illustrated with charts, bubbles, and cartoon illustrations of lonely Chinese men, was a breezy attempt to make light of China’s missing women and the severe gender imbalance caused by couples aborting female fetuses in favor of boys. So widespread is the practice that it has badly skewed the country’s sex ratio: The global average is around 105 boys born for every 100 girls; but in China last year, just over 115 boys were born for every 100 girls.


The problem has been brewing since sonogram technology was introduced to China in the 1980s, allowing families to determine a baby’s gender during the first few months of pregnancy. Combined with the country’s restrictive family-planning policies — until recently, most urban families were only allowed a single child in order to curtail population growth — and a traditional preference for sons, the newfound ability to practice sex-selective abortion has resulted in one of the world’s highest gender imbalances. The topic flared anew in the public mind after the National Bureau of Statistics announced the latest population figures on Jan. 20, noting that at the end of 2014 China had 701 million men and 667 million women, a shortfall of nearly 34 million women.




China is not alone in these cultural predilections. Indian social scientist Ravinder Kaur wrote in an August 2013 paper that “the common response” in both China and India “when the connection between sex selection and bride shortage is pointed out is that rather than allow daughters to be born, they would resort to importing brides.” Kaur also wrote that bride shortages in China and India can lead to “kidnap marriage,” which includes “deception and enticement” and “luring women for marriage into high sex ratio areas.”


To address the problem, China has resorted to propaganda campaigns extolling the virtues of daughters and offering cash incentives for couples who have them. These measures have spurred more female births, but not enough — China’s gender imbalance is still “the most serious in the world and has lasted for the longest time and affected the largest number of people,” China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission said in a Jan. 21 statement.

Beijing News provided a tongue-in-cheek infographic explaining the problems and potential solutions... (our Chinese is not great but the pictures seemed to speak for themselves)...


Encourage feather-boah tickling parties...?


or marry a Ukrainian woman...


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Be careful though when 'googling' Mail Order Brides - Ukraine...


Because, from what we are told, not all Ukrainian women look like this...


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El Vaquero's picture

The dead baby jokes will continue until morale improves.

Obamamerica's picture

remember that the proceeds from every Black baby aborted in a Planned Parenthood abortion mill help fund the DNC.

garypaul's picture

Chinese and Ukrainian. Go long cabbage?

OldPhart's picture

I'm getting a bit long in the tooth.  All I'm looking for is respiration.

Anything beyond that is a bonus.

geno-econ's picture

The Pimp Author of this article should go sell his mother first---- no doubt he is half Chinese and works for Goldman Sachs 

MarketAnarchist's picture

Will the ukrainian women accept money for their services in Yuan or Dollars?

Ignatius's picture

More importantly, if I go this way, will I have to suppress my Putin man-love in her presence?

TeamDepends's picture

As long as little Putin is standing tall in your lap you can venture as deep into the honey-bear trap as you dare....

prudent1nvestor's picture

Hmm. Considering 90% of the ads for Ukrainian women are on ZH, I think they only accept phyz

prudent1nvestor's picture

Hmm. Considering 90% of the ads for Ukrainian women are on ZH, I think they only accept phyz

noben's picture

It's about killing or breeding blue/green eyed blondes (Nordic race) out of existence.

Canoe Driver's picture

The hegemony of blue-eyed nations was based entirely on their wealth. When the richest people are Chinese, the most attractive women will procreate with Chinese men. Then, the entire aesthetic will shift. The whole world will look more Asian. Do not forget that the Romans once traded the English like chattel stock.

JuliaS's picture

The whole world already looks more Asian. Asians are the majority. There are more of them on the planet than any other race, so by definition, they are the norm and it is the rest of us who are rare and weird-looking.

Canoe Driver's picture

The whole world will look more Asian than it already looks, if the Asians continue to concentrate wealth.

Kobe Beef's picture

Asians never went to the moon.

Supremacy, bitchez.

post turtle saver's picture

do not forget Greeks were once fair haired and blue eyed, either

fucking Turks

JustTheTTIP's picture

Cute western thinking ;)-


Once they are married they accpet property as payment considering shortly after you die of an unfortuante heartattack.

MarketAnarchist's picture

Because I prefer paying in Gold.

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

sorry but thats kinda dumb. If you can get your mail order bride/prostitute to accept dollars or yuan, why the hell would you want to give her any of your gold????

Publicus's picture

That's the reason why gold will never be currency.

Yen Cross's picture

 Russian and Yuk women are beautiful. Why does capitalism have to destroy humanity?

 People pay for "picture perfect" babies and still exploite natural selection.

 I see a movie here. A Syfy series?

Never One Roach's picture

Ukies women are tops as well as Estonian and Lithuanian gals; part of Russia's motive for desiring these nations --- for their knockout women!


Hard to see a "10" Ukies with one of those little Chinese peasants, however. Just can't see it. The ABCs I know in merika want merikans for one reason or another. First, merikan men usually treat them alot better from what they tell me.

Yen Cross's picture

   Let me tell you something about Eastern Asian women. They are proud, and take shit from no~one or thing.

 They are intensely loyal, for good reasons.

 If you cheat on " Eastern Asian Woman", expect to be neutered/ Bitchez

 Sometimes you make mistakes.

 Let me be PLACIDLY clear.  Russian Women are naughty.

seek's picture

LOL, by the size of the red number, looks like you touched a nerve tonight, YC!

Yen Cross's picture

 The children are playing. Rates aren't going up, and we're living in dark days Seek.

 Children of The Corn 2015.

  It should be interesting next week, as funds rebalance.

 One thing I find perplexing is the lack concentration on Q-4 macro earnings. Stay nimble my friend.

Son of Loki's picture

Must be the NAACP [Natioanl Association for the Advancement of Chinese Peoples] down-voting the above. I'm not an expert on the issues but I do hear the Chinese men complaining alot about those "Western Devils" "stealing" their women.

Yen Cross's picture

 You Nailed it. Actually the kids were getting a bit disruptive.

  Okay gentlemen. CL covered on Friday? Short covering EOM profits?

 Based on the commodoties Index. 

  I'd be picking up a few Copper contracts after the Asian markets open.    New York  6:00 pm Sunday.

Yen Cross's picture

  El Vaquero  You need to lay off the New Mexico swamp gas.

Lore's picture

I've only known four women from that region personally, but found all four cunning and two-faced.  In one case, the woman manipulated, neglected and abused her partner until he died from simple pneumonia, allowing her to secure his estate.  Outsiders see her only as a poor, sweet, innocent, bereaved widower, never having seen her dark side.

seek's picture

They're very attractive, yes, but from my experience Ukranian women also all business and quite ruthless. Granted, my sample size is small.

Though I wouldn't describe them as outright disloyal, they've extremely opportunistic and motivated to climb the social/financial latter, e.g. if what appears to be a better deal comes along, they'll be gone in an instant. They're also phenomenal negotiators at getting their way in a very crafty chess-playing sort of way. I think is is all a side effect of Uke culture and the pragmatics of survival in that country.  For all these reasons... they're also on my avoid list for the most part.

rccalhoun's picture

brice jenner is available

kareninca's picture

I would bet a lot of money that the Ukrainian women whom you would end up meeting are not even slightly representative of typical Ukrainian women.  How could they be?  The American women I know who sign onto "marry a millionare" matchmaking sites are not typical of the American women I know.  And please don't tell me that American women are all gold-diggers; most aren't; it's that many guys are such morons that they are attracted to gold-diggers (because gold-diggers know just what to do to attract moron guys).

seek's picture

I'm sure there's a massive selection bias, since my experience was with women that had already made it into the US. But that bias would exist for virtually any US male looking abroad.

The other dynamic I'm positive is at play is that honestly most Ukrainian women in the US are going to blow their US-native competition out of the water, so they have signficantly more opportunities presented to them than American women would, and naturally would pick the better ones. So it's not necessarily explicit gold-digging, but it may appear that way.

(Just a trivial data point to support my assertion:  48% of women in the US are obese. The same figure for the Ukraine is 19%, so the average ukrainian woman will appear more desirable than the average american woman just based on weight alone. Small wonder they'd get propositioned by wealthy, attractive american males at rates well beyond american women.)

kareninca's picture

Actually, 35 percent of American women are obese; about the same percentage as American men (  If you look at the obesity rates of American women who are in the same age range as the Ukrainian women who come here, there might not be such a huge difference.  Especially if you remove from the sample Hispanic American and black American women; they have much higher obesity rates than caucasian American women.   I would bet that in that age range (youngish), the white American women are a bit overweight, not obese, while the Ukrainian women are skinny.

It's funny that you would describe both sets of women as competing and choosing among opportunities.  The American women I know basically care about how a guy looks; that matters far more than his assets:  wealthy and attractive are not the same thing to them at all.  I have a friend in her 20s who is gorgeous; she dated a series of smart'n homely guys since she thought she ought to (she had no interest in the rich ones; she thought they were nasty).  Finally I told her "look, there is no law that the guys you date have to be homely.  You can date a handsome man.  It's allowed."  She she did, and it was like a switch went off in her head  -  she was finally choosing on the right basis!!!!  She immediately got pregnant and married to the poor handsome shlub (the whole thing is now a disaster).

Lore's picture

Obesity is a technical term that applies to a subset of the larger segment that most people would simply label as FAT.  Visit a southern state, and one of the first observations is that practically everybody is FAT!  You don't make that same observation in Ukraine. 

Kobe Beef's picture

google: female hypergamy

If you don't know this yet, then stay in Disney World. There's lots of fairy tales, and you never have to face reality.

Lore's picture

Please clarify.  Are you suggesting that gold-digging and fatness are connected somehow?  Practically speaking, one would think that poor health lends itself to lowered expectations.  I have known nice fat-asses and some not-so-nice ones.  I strongly suspect family upbringing and general character are much more relevant.  That, and bad selection on the part of the husband. You don't want to get bitten?  Avoid swimming with sharks.

The snotty Disney reference eludes me, except to say that it brings to mind MORE memories of negative experiences with fat, stereotypical Ugly Americans (not to be confused with American people in general).

CoastalCowboy's picture

I'm Southern and have a normal BMI, and I stick out like a sore thumb. 

You ought to hear the excuses they make for it, and some are actually proud of it  "I just can't go w/o my sweet tea or 2 liters of coke a day." is a very common excuse.  Another one is "I have gland problems.". No, sugar, your problem is eating too many damn doughnuts.  "The house that Budweiser built." is a perennial favorite of the redneck Bubbas as they proudly pat their massive beer bellies.  They mock me for drinking just plain purified water.  They actually get disturbed that I drink water and not sugar filled crap.

There are visibly more land whales here per square mile than anywhere else I've visited in this country.  I go into a grocery stores and look into these people's carts as they waddle around the isles.  It's disgusting.  Even the teenagers are fat, whereas when I was a teen very few were.  I think to myself what are these kids going to look like at 45.

Dating sucks for anyone not attacted to fat or obese people down here.  Go long motorized scooters.

Kobe Beef's picture

Look on the bright side..

..when the Big One drops, it'll all smell like bacon.

CoastalCowboy's picture

Plus it limits the hypergamous action too.

post turtle saver's picture

"I have gland problems."

yeah, saliva gland...

Ballin D's picture

Those numbers are based on BMI which is a joke. Its literally weight/height with no consideration at all for gender.

A 5'10 male at 185 has a chance of being fit as fuck but is actually obese by WHO standards.  A 5'10 chick @ 185 is just plain fat in > 99% of cases.

serotonindumptruck's picture

While it likely isn't the case now, up until a couple of years ago, a typical, butt-ugly Amerikan male could get a Ukrainian bride relatively inexpensively. She would also make every attempt to allow him to impregnate her.

However, once he got her back stateside, she would immediately begin networking with other naturalized Ukrainian women, lawyer up with known Russian nationals, and promptly sue you for divorce, seizing all of your assets in the process.