Due to a state policy which limits many families to have one child since 1979, tens of millions of female fetuses have been aborted ever since using the latest technology.
In country districts couples whose first child is a daughter are usually allowed to try for a second baby. However, they take make sure that their second child is a male.
As a consequence, there will be 30 million more Chinese men than women of marriageable age by the year 2020.
Hitchens points out that this serious gender imbalance might lead to culling of the surplus males, a rise in crime, a huge expansion in prostitution and rise in homosexuality.
The author traveled to rural areas of China where gendercide prevails the most and live children - both boys and girls - are threatened by kidnap for their gender.
"In Kunming I saw another of China's harsh faces. You may have seen pictures of children in cages, or tethered to posts, and gasped at the cruelty. But you did not know the half of it.
"Their seemingly brutal parents are in fact trying to prevent their children from being stolen."
"Boys are kidnapped by families who want a male heir and do not care where they get him. Girls are taken to be brought up as child brides for cherished, spoiled boys, who will not have to worry about the increasing shortage of girls," the journalists writes.
Hitchens also went on a trip to the city of Danzhou, where he visited state comprehensive schools, primary and secondary.
"We had come to this region because of rumours that it has the most startling ratio of boys to girls in the country. One academic source has suggested there could be a ratio of 168 males for every 100 girls in Danzhou," he wrote
"Something is clearly out of kilter. In one class of ten-year-olds, only 20 out of 80 were girls. In another classroom, it was 25 out of 63."
Hitchens said teachers at acknowledged the gender imbalance, but refused to talk about it as a taboo.
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