The adoption of Chinese babies by foreigners has become so common it is a cliche. Now that cliche is becoming so overblown that China may be running out of babies.
From the New York Times:
China plans to tighten rules on foreign adoptions, barring people who are single, obese, older than 50 or who fail to meet certain benchmarks in financial, physical or psychological health from adopting Chinese children, according to adoption agencies in the United States.
The restrictions are in response to an enormous spike in applications by foreigners, which has far exceeded the number of available babies, said leaders of American adoption agencies who were briefed by Chinese officials earlier this month.
Sorry, all you fat, old and lonely fathers- and mothers-to-be. Better make your New Year’s resolution to get in shape and get hitched (to a younger partner) if you want to pick up a little Chinese bundle of joy.