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China’s Southern Province Yunnan Suspends Sentencing to Labor Camps

Posted by Author on February 8, 2013

China’s Yunnan Province will no longer hand out sentences to forced labor camps, according to a state media report. The announcement is the latest specific policy curtailing the use of the controversial and often abused institutions, after the new leadership said it would halt or reform the work camp system.

Meng Sutie, head of Yunnan’s Political and Legislative Affairs Committee (PLAC), which controls all security services in the province, announced at a provincial PLAC meeting on Feb. 5 that Yunnan would immediately stop sending people to reeducation through labor camps on grounds such as “threatening national security,” “causing unrest through petitioning,” and “smearing the image of officials,” Communist Party mouthpiece Xinhua reported on Feb. 6. Read the rest of this entry »

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Massive dogs killed “cleanly” in southwest China by Authorities for fear of rabies

Posted by Author on August 17, 2010

Radio Free asia, Aug. 17, 2010 –

HONG KONG—Authorities in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan have ordered the mass extermination of dogs following a wave of recent bites and amid growing fears of rabies, official media and residents said.

Animal activists have slammed the move as unnecessarily cruel, as it sanctions the indiscriminate slaughter of thousands of animals without any tests to determine if they are infected with the virus.

Figures from the Jiangchuan county center for disease control and prevention show that there have been 1,600 cases of dogs biting humans so far this year, with 77 people bitten in the space of just two weeks earlier this month.

“Are the dogs that are biting these people in fact infected with rabies?” said Lu Di, founder of the nongovernment Small Animal Protection Society.

“Have they been tested? If not, then it’s very doubtful.”

She said authorities in Yunnan are no stranger to the mass slaughter of dogs, citing a similar cull of 50,000 dogs in Mouding in 2006, and a smaller one in Miluo county last year.

“Now they have started doing it in Jiangchuan,” Lu said.

Official guidelines

The government said that three out of six dogs killed recently and tested for the rabies virus were shown to be infected.

Calls to the Jiangchuan county government went unanswered Monday, while an official who answered the phone at the local center for disease control and prevention declined to comment.

“We have to get approval from the health department before we can accept telephone interviews,” he said.

Jiangchuan county is home to an estimated 20,000 dogs, and local media reports said around 3,000 had already been killed.

Official guidelines ban the killing of dogs using knives or cudgels, and dogs are to be killed “cleanly,” without bloodshed, local news reports said.

Photographs on news websites showed dogs being hanged from trees, dragged along behind motorcycles, and being chased by officials with nets and clubs.

People who had been bitten by stray dogs are eligible for a set amount of compensation in order to help with medical costs, the reports said.

A Jiangchuan resident said many people were happy to carry out the slaughter.

“Of course if one of your family has been bitten, people are going to want to kill the dog that did it,” the resident said. “But not all dogs are likely to bite people.”

“Some people support [the cull], but others are against it.”

One anonymous guest on a Yunnan news website identified as writing from Beijing commented wryly on the story: “So if you find one corrupt government official, does that mean you are going to shoot all the officials?”……(more details from Radio Free Asia)

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Shocking Photos: Fish Left in the Cracked Dry Mud During the Drought in China

Posted by Author on April 18, 2010

The drought in south China’s Yunnan Province has lasted for more than 4 months. According to the weather forecast, there will not be any measurable rain in the coming days.

Following photos show a shocking sight at the Degehaizi Reservoir in Damogu Town of Luliang County, Yunnan Province, south China– fishes stuck in the dried land, with their mouths open wide, dead in their struggling position.

The Degehaizi Reservoir in Damogu Town of Luliang County, once with a capacity of 1.6 million cubic meters of water, is now arid dry. The palm-wide cracks were a stunning sight. Some of the cracks are as much as half a meter deep. Fish can be found stuck in the dried land, with their mouths open wide, dead in their struggling position.

Arid dry Degehaizi Reservoir in Yunnan Province, palm-wide cracks, with mouth-open fish stuck in.

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China dam plans raise Mekong fears

Posted by Author on April 1, 2010

By Jamil Anderlini in Beijing and Tim Johnston in Bangkok, The Financial Times, Apr. 1, 2010-

China will ramp up construction of dams, reservoirs and wells in response to a severe drought in the country’s south-west, but the move is likely to raise tensions with downstream countries, which have already blamed reduced river flows on Beijing.

Most of south-west China has been affected by the drought, which began in November and has left more than 24m people without adequate access to drinking water. Downstream in Thailand, cargo boats have been stranded along the banks of the Mekong, which is at its lowest level in half a century, while fishermen complain of empty nets.

Beijing has launched emergency drought relief operations involving 260,000 soldiers and officials yesterday said this force had drilled 18,000 wells, built 4,307 emergency water diversion works and laid 20,000 kilometres of pipeline.

“We must prepare ourselves to fight a long war against this severe drought,” said Liu Ning, secretary-general of China’s State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters. “With so many government departments working in synergy, we will surely triumph in our battle,” he said, while forecasting the drought would last until mid-May.

The south-western province of Yunnan, which has been hit hardest by the drought, has allocated Rmb27bn ($4bn, €2.9bn, £2.6bn) to build reservoirs and dams, officials said.

China’s water management policies have come in for criticism from the countries of the Mekong basin, where 60m people are directly or indirectly dependent on the river.

“We can see the level of the water is getting lower,” Abhisit Vejjajiva, the Thai prime minister, said this month. “We will ask the foreign ministry to talk with a representative from China in terms of co-operation and in terms of management systems in the region.”

The Mekong River Commission, which includes Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, will meet this weekend to discuss the water shortage and future developments along the river……. (Financial Times)

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Fresh aftershock hits China quake region: USGS

Posted by Author on July 12, 2009

AFP, July 12, 2009 –

BEIJING (AFP) — A fresh aftershock jolted China’s southwest Monday, three days after an earthquake in the same area killed one person, injured hundreds and directly affected two million people, state media said.

The US Geological Survey said the magnitude 4.9 quake struck a minute after midnight (1601 GMT) and was centred 95 kilometres (60 miles) east northeast of the tourist city of Dali in Yao’an county, a mountainous area of remote Yunnan province.

The quake was recorded at a shallow depth of 10 kilometres, it said.

Official news agency Xinhua said there were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries from the aftershock, which lasted about 10 seconds.

More than to 250,000 people in several counties in Yunnan were displaced after a 5.7-magnitude quake struck Yao’an on Thursday evening……. (more from AFP)

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Tainted Medicine Scares in China

Posted by Author on October 14, 2008

Radio Free Asia, 2008-10-13 –

Amid fallout over contaminated milk powder, two new scares over possibly tainted medical supplies in China have come to light.

HONG KONG—Health authorities in China say two batches of an injection fluid containing Siberian ginseng are “substandard” following laboratory tests, after three people died in the southwest of the country.

Authorities in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan have recalled two batches of ginseng injection vials following the deaths, which came after patients received the medication by injection.

Sun Yuemin, director of the No. 2 Hospital under the Kunming Medical School, was quoted in official media as saying it was clear from the appearance of the packaging that the color of the liquid varied from bottle to bottle, and the contents appeared turbid.

Six patients at the No. 4 People’s Hospital in Honghe Autonomous Prefecture suffered strong adverse reactions, including vomiting and becoming comatose, after being injected with ciwujia Siberian ginseng extract from the two batches, Sun said.

Calls to Sun’s office during working hours went unanswered on Friday.

Further tests are still being carried out on the ginseng fluid after three people died in hospital last week.

Recall ordered

Manufactured in December by Wandashan Pharmaceutical, in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, the two batches were ordered recalled after the deaths of three people who had received the injections.

A Wandashan employee surnamed Zhang said the company was still waiting for the full lab tests.

“The main thing is that the results of the investigation haven’t yet been published,” the employee, surnamed Zhou, said. “They didn’t get enough samples for testing from the two recalled batches, so we’re still waiting.”

Health Ministry experts have run tests on hundreds of samples of “Cuwujia Injection” herbal remedies, extracted from a variety of Siberian ginseng, which is often used to treat thrombosis caused by weak liver and kidneys.

It is also believed to be helpful in treating coronary heart disease, nervous exhaustion, and menopausal problems in traditional Chinese medicine.

They have so far found no toxins, such as rat poison, pesticide, or herbicide. Further investigations are now under way into the cause of the three deaths.

But they did say the two batches were “substandard,” official media reported……. (more details from Radio Free Asia)

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China: Bibles carried by 4 Americans confiscated as ‘illegal religious literatures’ in Airport

Posted by Author on August 18, 2008

China Aid Association, Inc. August 17, 2008-

Kunming, Yunnan province- CAA learned that four Americans are stuck at Kunming International Airport for carrying a large number of Chinese bibles today.

The four American Christians arrived at 3pm Beijing Time from the US via Thailand. Each carries about 75 to 80 Chinese version of the study bibles for Chinese pastors. The names of  the four are Mr. Pat Klein( 46 years old from the State of Wyoming), Mr. Forrest Higginbotham( 78 years old from the State of Indiana), Mr. Higginbotham’s grandson Mr. Stephen Constantinou(15 years old from the State of New Jeresy) and Mr. Steve Nichols( 60 years old from the State of New York).

According to Mr. Klein, each of them were fined for 400 US dollars for overweight luggages with the bibles. The Chinese customs officials told the four Americans that their all of their bibles are confiscated as ‘illegal religious literatures.

“The Chinese leaders keep telling the world the Chinese people have religious freedom. To even prevent them from receiving bibles certainly contradicts that claim.”  Mr. Klein told CAA president Bob Fu over the phone.

Chinese authority only allows limited numbers of bibles available at offical sanctioned TSPM churches. Bibles are forbidden to be sold in any public bookstores while literatures of other religious faiths are available for sale for general public.

“I  appeal to the Chinese government to release those confiscated bibles to the four individuals who deeply care about the Chinese belivers,” said CAA president Rev. Bob Fu, “I urge the international Christian community to pray for the four courageous fellow brothers for their safety in China.”

TO Contact Mr. Pat Klein in China, please call his cellphone at +1-307-751-2714

Issued by CAA on August 17, 2008: Four Americans Stuck in China Airport for Carrying Chinese Bibles Today

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Over 1,000 rubber growers protest in Southwest China, two killed, 20 arrested by police

Posted by Author on July 21, 2008

AFP, Jul. 20, 2008-

BEIJING (AFP) — Police have killed two people in a clash with villagers in southwestern China in the latest outburst of social unrest in the run-up to the Beijing Olympics, an activist group and state media said on Sunday.

The clash occurred Saturday morning in remote Yunnan province when more than 1,000 local rubber growers protested in a dispute over the sale of their crops, the Hong Kong Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said.

Police called in to quell the protest in Menglian county then battled with the rubber planters, shooting two dead and seriously injuring a third, said the centre, which frequently issues reports about unrest in China.

It said about 20 people had been arrested.

Local police declined comment when contacted by AFP by phone.

China’s government has expressed increasing concern about mounting social tension that could mar the country’s hosting of the August 8-24 Olympics, which Communist leaders are using to project an image of national unity and harmony.

More than 200 people, mostly rubber farmers, continued to gather at the site in the pre-dawn hours on Sunday morning, state-run Xinhua news agency said.

The Hong Kong rights centre said the farmers were angry about being forced to sell all their rubber plant crop to local government departments at prices 40 percent lower than they could obtain on the open market.

It said the mood in the area remained tense.

Xinhua said provincial authorities had been sent to the scene of the unrest with instructions from top Yunnan Communist Party official Bai Enpei to defuse the dispute.

It quoted Bai saying the team should listen “attentively to the complaints and appeal of local residents, making great efforts to rescue the injured people, and consoling family members of the dead to prevent the matter from escalating.”

More than 100 people in southern China’s Guangdong province attacked police officers on Thursday over the suspected beating to death of a motorcycle driver by security guards, state media reported earlier.

China recently ordered local governments to go all-out to solve sensitive social disputes at local level to prevent protests spreading to Beijing.

– Original report from AFP: Police kill two in SW China clash: reports

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Two Christian Women Humiliated by Police in South China

Posted by Author on February 18, 2008

China Aid Association, Inc., Feb 14 2008-

Yunan Province- China Aid has learned that two Christian women, Meng Xiu Lan- 55, and Zhou Cheng Xiu- 53, were detained by police in Jun Tun County on February 2, 2008. Policemen from the Jun Tun police department detained the women after they were found distributing Christmas cards. The two women were first threatened and mocked by police before being stripped completely nude and frisked violently.
Police then handcuffed the two women and escorted them back to their homes. After searching the homes, police illegally confiscated CDs, handouts, Bibles, song books and calendars, without proper documentation.

The suffering and humiliation that these two Christian women were forced to endure is both shocking and horrendous. The PRC has failed to be consistent in its rhetoric on religious freedom and rule of law.

Such behavior should not be tolerated by any society, especially one chosen to host the World Olympic Games. We encourage world leaders, including President Bush, who plan to attend the Olympic games to voice their concern to the Chinese leaders about the deteriorating condition of religious freedom within China. We also encourage the CPC to make amends to these innocent victims by restoring the property and dignity that was wrongfully taken from them.

To voice your concern directly to the White House, please contact:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500


(fax:) 202-456-2461

Issued by CAA February 14, 2008

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China House Church Christian Beaten For Demanding Police to Account For the Burning of Bibles

Posted by Author on January 31, 2008

Press Releases, China Aid, Jan 30 2008-

Yunan- China Aid has learned that members of a House Church in Yunan Province were severely beaten by police officials on the morning of January 23. The incident occurred after two church members walked into the Xishan District’s Public Security Bureau office to request an account of the items, including Bibles, that were taken from the church and burned by police officials in early December of 2007. After ignoring the members’ request, officials proceeded to violently remove them from the office. One female church member 54-year-old Ms. Liang Guihua was thrown into a wall and rendered unconscious for more than 10 minutes. After leaving the police station the members went to a local hospital. One member returned to the station later that afternoon to request an account of the morning’s incident. The official on duty told the member that he would not testify to the incident even though he had witnessed the account first-hand.

The series of events originated on December 5, 2007 at 2:00pm, when policemen and members of the Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs disrupted the house church meeting in Kunming, and detained several members. After searching the building, police seized several hundred Christian books including Bibles and note-pads, and proceeded to burn them outside of the residence. Police also destroyed the identification cards of three of the church members and instructed the landlord of the building to cease rental agreements with the congregation.

Chinese law requires officials to issue certificates documenting items taken during seizures. The church members have requested documentation of the items several times, but have been turned away by police officials every time.

Any Government which displays such blatant disregard for human rights and religious freedom demands to be held accountable. Government officials have now resorted to the burning of Bibles in order to hinder the growth of the House Church in China. We urge the international community to demand an accounting of these officials for the egregious acts committed against the house church members in Yunan Province……. (more details from China Aid)

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House Church Christmas Services Raided by Police in Multiple China Provinces

Posted by Author on December 27, 2007

China Aid Association (CAA), December 19, 2007-

Henan Province- On December 16, 2007, Less than two weeks before Christmas, China Aid has learned that, Pastor Liang Qi Zhen, Vice President of the Chinese House Church Alliance, was detained by PSB officials in Er Qi District. After disbursing Liang’s congregation, police officials took him by force and transported him to an undisclosed location where he was tortured for several hours. Liang’s ears and right hand were injured during the lengthy assault. After being released, Liang was able to identify the one who tortured him as Er Qi Security Bureau policeman, Li Seng. No legal procedure was established during the entire incident. PSB officials continue to threaten the church members to abstain from gathering.

Jiangsu Province- A house church in Chang Zhou City was attacked by police officials in December during a Christmas celebration. The church, centered in the Bu Ge Qiao area, was in the midst of a Christmas service when police raided the gathering and detained four female members. During the apprehension police assaulted one of the members until she became unconscious. She was later taken to the hospital. Her condition remains unknown.

Yunan Province- On December 5, 2007, policemen and members of the Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs raided a house church meeting in Kunming, and detained several members including, Ms. Piao Guihua, the renter of the property. After searching the building, police seized several hundred Christian books and note-pads, and then burned them outside the residence. Police also destroyed the identification cards of three of the church members.  After several hours of interrogation, the members were released and told to remove all property from the residence by 10am. The landlord of the building was also instructed to cease rental agreements with Ms. Piao. The same house church has been raided on several occasions beginning in December of 2004, September 2007, November 3, 2007, and November 29 2007. In each instance, police officials have confiscated the offering donations along with Bibles and other Christian literature. In every raid, police officials have failed to issue legal documentation of the property taken…… (more details from China Aid Association)

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Authorities Dispatches 400 to Demolish Villagers’ Homes Without Warning in SW China, 10 injured

Posted by Author on November 10, 2007

By Li Xi, Epoch Times Staff, Nov 07, 2007-Hospitalized villager

Without warning, local authorities dispatched hundreds to demolish villagers’ homes in Wenshan County, Yunnan Province on October 27. Police beat villagers who resisted. More than ten villagers were injured and admitted to the hospital, while approximately 20 were held in a detention center.

(photos: Hospitalized villager/Photo provided by villager)

Most of the injured are elderly people between 70 and 80 years old. Some had arms andHospitalized elderly villager legs broken, while others sustained broken ribs and some needed surgery. Villagers needing surgery were expected to pay in advance, otherwise no operation would ensue.

According to some eyewitness accounts, the government sent 400 to 500 people to forcibly demolish villagers’ homes. It did so without legal basis, without notice, or by any agreement with the villagers.

“There were 16 families living in the village. Ten were forced to move, but the other six refused to concede. As a result, more than ten villagers from the six families were doused by fire hoses or beaten with electronic batons. All were seriously injured and sent to the hospital,” a person from a neighboring village told the Epoch Times reporter.

Victims Charged with Assaulting Police

“Because the villagers did not agree with the land acquisition, they resisted but were charged with assaulting the police. Eighteen people were arrested and are being held in a detention center. Their specific circumstances were unknown.” said another villager surnamed Gao.

Business as Usual

“The government officials found a developer to build commercial buildings without consulting with the villagers. The land was expropriated and financial compensation was set by the officials with no room for negotiations. Villagers cannot afford to buy the buildings that the developer will build.” Gao said.

There are claims that the government expropriated 130 mu (approximately 21.32 acres) in 2005. The compensation was 56,000 yuan (approximately US$ 6,763) per mu. In 2006, it expropriated 532 mu (approximately 87.25 acres), and the compensation was 62,600 yuan (approximately US$ 7,560.40) per mu. Because compensation was so low, the villagers were trying to negotiate a higher price but were refused.

As an aside, no government officials have gone to the hospital to visit the injured, nor have they explained their actions. The detained villagers’ situation is unknown.

Locals’ complained, “This is what bandits would do!”

– Original report from the Epochtimes : Authorities Raze Villagers’ Homes Without Warning

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China Tries To Get Grip on AIDS As It Spreads In Rural Provinces

Posted by Author on July 23, 2007

Kathleen E. McLaughlin, Chronicle Foreign Service, San Francisco Chronicle, July 22, 2007-

(07-22) 04:00 PDT Husa, China — From a distance, the collection of quaint wooden farmhouses folded into lush, terraced hills is a picture postcard of rural Asia, complete with colorful ethnic garb, water buffalo and lush green fields.

Get closer and you’re at ground zero of China’s AIDS epidemic.

Nearly 200 people, out of 20,000 populating this loosely knit collection of villages, are known to be infected with the virus that causes AIDS. The 1 percent infection rate is repeated throughout this southwestern corner of Yunnan Province, home of the nation’s first indigenous AIDS case, discovered in 1989.

Thought far higher than most places in China, it also is an omen, some fear, of how the disease is spreading nationwide. By 2010, AIDS cases in Yunnan province are expected to double to an estimated 150,000, despite the enormous resources being poured into prevention efforts here. But that increase is dwarfed by the estimated 30 percent annual growth rate for all of China, according to estimates compiled by international health agencies.

The dimensions of China’s epidemic, and the efforts to stop it, can be seen in miniature at the barren farmhouse of 62-year-old Liang Youqi.

Liang, a member of the dwindling, dirt-poor Achang minority, earns 10 yuan ($1.30) a day, which he splits with his three grown sons, who look after two donkeys and a few other scattered animals for another family in Husa.

Things used to be better for Liang when he was an opium farmer in Burma (now officially called Myanmar) — before he developed a taste for smoking the drug, then for injecting its derivative, heroin. He doesn’t remember when he first used a needle, nor how he came to sell all of his possessions to feed his habit, but he knows he never heard of AIDS until he discovered he was infected.

“I felt tired all the time and wondered if there was something wrong with my health,” said Liang, recalling his fateful blood test two years ago.

Fortunately for Liang, he is one of a tiny minority — an estimated 3 percent of AIDS/HIV patients eligible in China — who knows about and receives life-saving antiretroviral drugs gratis, courtesy of the Chinese government.

That Liang gets $4,000 worth of medication every month is largely thanks to a fellow villager, a 36-year-old HIV-infected former schoolteacher who runs a makeshift nongovernmental organization in the mountains of Yunnan province.

Liu Hongshan thinks he got the virus from unprotected sex while working as a truck driver before he was married. Now, when he’s not holding training sessions and AIDS support groups in his house, he’s riding his motorcycle over winding mountain roads, going from home to home of HIV-positive villagers. He checks in on how they feel, whether they are taking their pills twice a day and on time, and whether they are experiencing side effects.

On a recent stop at Liang’s farmhouse, Liu hands the older man 10 yuan to add to his meager income. He explains later that although AIDS/HIV sufferers can get costly medicines, they are extremely poor and often malnourished.

“The biggest problem here is poverty,” says Liu, who scrapes by on piecemeal international grants, while depending on his wife’s rice-noodle business for a family income. “They can get medication, but without food, they cannot live.”

The logic behind Liu’s mission is simple: HIV/AIDS is a scourge. Despite massive government efforts like free methadone clinics, drug use — the main HIV transmission route in China — remains rampant in this region and the infection rate is rising.

For Liu, it is also personal. He has a wife and two small children, who aren’t infected. “My only hope is that my children won’t be affected by AIDS any further,” he says.

Others here may not be so lucky. Li Shengcang, Husa’s village doctor, points to the hundreds of young men from the village, who travel back and forth to work in the factories in China’s thriving coastal regions. They — like tens of millions of rural Chinese across the country — have to migrate to make money. But in the process, untold numbers indulge in drug use and other high-risk behavior, potentially spreading the disease to themselves and others.

As a mouse scurries across his sparsely stocked clinic’s floor, Dr. Li says all he can do is dispense antiretroviral drugs and counsel the afflicted. “I’m worried for the future of this village,” he says.

Government agencies and aid groups are trying various preventive measures in the region. Sex workers in Ruili, the closest big city to Husa, for example, get educational visits each week and an HIV test every three months. In a row of garage-like brothels facing the fence that separates China from Burma in nearby Jiegao, the working girls — and some of them are, literally, girls — easily recite the methods of HIV transmission. As one of them heads upstairs with a client for a $7 session, she grabs a condom off the counter.

Still, most anything is for sale here, and sex without a condom would not cost much more. The women are transient, some coming from nearby villages, others from Burma, and most leave after a few months. Their clients, Burmese and Chinese, are also migratory — mostly traders and truckers. That makes both groups harder to trace, harder to test and harder to educate.

In spite of the challenges, the Chinese authorities are making inroads, their efforts praised by UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot, among others. In Yunnan province, notes Hu Bin, consultant for the international HIV/AIDS advisory group Health Policy Initiative, 50 percent of HIV-positive people at least know their status, compared to one-quarter nationally. And nongovernmental agencies are now finding it easier to work in China — except, notably, when it comes to releasing information to the media about the incidence of AIDS.

“We couldn’t even talk about HIV/AIDS before. Now we can talk,” says Hu.

“We couldn’t work with international NGOs before. Now we can.”

That isn’t true everywhere, including in China’s other primary AIDS battleground, central Henan province, where thousands of farmers have been infected through tainted blood. Fear of reprisals prevent many local nongovernmental organizations from speaking with journalists or revealing HIV/AIDS statistics, which they say are privileged government information.

In Husa, statistics matter less to Liu Hongshan than teaching other villagers how to survive. Sitting under the lone, bare bulb lighting his office, he says that although the local government hasn’t given him any money to continue his AIDS education efforts, they let him do his work.

“The people in my village at first refused to even see the doctor about this disease, but I can get on my motorcycle and go to them, and explain,” he says. “Because I’m local, they trust me.”

This article appeared on page A – 4 of the San Francisco Chronicle

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Food Poisoning Kills Boy in China

Posted by Author on April 29, 2007

France24/AFP, 29/04/07-

A seven-year-old boy died and 55 others fell violently ill after eating poisonous beef in an ethnic minority area in southwest China’s Yunnan province, state media reported Sunday.

The victims, all residents of Zhadian township, had eaten beef stew Thursday spiked with the chemical nitrite, which is toxic in excessive amounts, the Xinhua news agency said.

The street vendor who sold the stew had run out of salt when cooking the dish and grabbed “something that looked like salt” instead, according to the agency.

Sample tests of the stew showed more than 12 grams of nitrite per kilo of beef, four times the fatal amount, Xinhua said.

Nitrite is used in very small quantities as a food additive. High amounts can lead to headaches, vomiting, unconsciousness and death.

Reports of food poisoning outbreaks emerge frequently in China, where hygiene and safety standards remain low for many of the nation’s 1.3 billion people.

Earlier this month, 203 hospital patients in northeast China’s Heilongjiang province were poisoned in what authorities determined was an intentional act. One of the patients later died.

original report from

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China Leader Admitted for First Time Regime is Facing Crisis

Posted by Author on January 16, 2007

By Luo Bing, Chengming Monthly Magazine (Chinese), Hongkong, Jan. 1, 2007-

Chinese President Hu Jingtao admitted recently that the Chinese Communist PartyCover, Chengming Monthly, Jan. 1, 2007 (CCP) regime is facing three unprecedented crises: A political crisis, a crisis revolving around social infrastructure, and a crisis concerning overall governance within the regime. Among them, the crisis of governance is the most threatening.

CCP is Faced With Three Unprecedented Crises

It was at the Annual Conference of the 12th Central Committee Political Bureau of 2006 that Hu admitted to the enormous pressure that the ruling party is facing. This pressure comes in the form of three unprecedented crises. These are: a political crisis, a social infrastructure crisis, and a crisis concerning governance. All three of these crises are triggered by and amplified by one another, creating a very difficult situation.

Among the three crises, the one revolving around governance of the regime is most serious. Hu wasted no time in pointing out that the most serious and urgent issue the CCP is facing is the implementation of the party’s principles and policies to the entire country. This is critical in that it is needed to check, reverse, and ultimately solve the crisis. It is directly related to the country’s fate, the interests of 1.3 billion people, and the vitality of the party as a ruling party.

Vice Premier Wu Banguo said at the meeting that the escalation of the governance crisis at the local level had all but destroyed the stability of society, economic development, financial order, and any potential for a harmonious relationship between the people and the government.

Disclosures: 200 to 250 reports regarding political issues, social stability, or accidents submitted by local governments account for half of the various reports every day.

A new trend has appeared recently, which is, more reports are about superstructure, democratic parties, and appealing events in religious circles. For example, legal proceedings against various party committees and government departments are used to put the heads of the respective government departments and legal departments into a passive state.

Premier Wen Jiabao said, “Lawsuits against the party or its government organs from all circles reflect not only the progress in the legal system and its law-making procedures, but also the administrative gap between the party, government organizations, and the law, which serves to worsen the crisis in governance.”

Summary of the 31-Province Questionnaire on CCP and its Organizations

The assessment questionnaire of CCP and its organizations of the 31 provinces, autonomous regions and the municipalities directly under the central government are summarized below:

(1) None of them are listed as Category 1 (good, very good, very satisfied), or Category 2 (good, satisfactory).

(2) Category 3 (normal) consists of: Beijing City, Tianjin City, Jiangsu Province, Zhejiang Province and the Tibet Autonomous Region. Ningxia Muslim Autonomous Region, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Hainan Province.

(3) Category 4 (unsatisfactory, bad) consists of: Liaoning Province, Jilin Province, Guangdong Province, Fujian Province, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Shanghai City, Shandong Province, Sichuan Province, Guizhou Province, Gansu Province and other provinces.

(4) Category 5 (very dissatisfied, poor) consists of: Hebei Province, Shanxi Province, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Heilongjiang Province, Anhui Province, Jiangxi Province, Henan Province, Hubei Province, Hunan Province, Chongqing City, Shaanxi Province, Yunnan Province and Qinghai Province. Among them, Henan, Anhui, Shanxi, Hunan received very low points. In the provinces (autonomous regions) which are classified as Category 5 (very dissatisfied, poor), city government, police officers, and the legal system are going through judicial darkness and collusion with the business sector. The society is chaotic and wide gaps have developed between the rich and the poor, resulting in fierce, often violent protests.

The Central Committee of the CCP dispatched teams to 19 provinces (autonomous regions) in light of the current situation.

Central Authorities Have Introduced New Plan For Dealing with Social Gatherings

The Central Committee and State Council of the CCP recently promulgated a number of regulations detailing ways to strictly deal with group activities.

It includes five topics in total. It stresses that the accidents resulting from local governments’ violation of regulations and policies made by the Central Committee of the CCP would be investigated for dereliction of duty. If large-scale protests occur and cause casualties and economic losses, the corresponding people in the local government must be held responsible for serious misconduct and receive criminal prosecution.

The so-called “scale” criterion means above 5000 people in the provincial cities and above 2,000 people in other cities are involved in an accident, or above 20 people wounded, including five or more death in an accident, or with economic losses( direct and indirect) of more than 20 million yuan (about U.S. $ 2.5 million).

Chengming Monthly Magazine (Chinese) is the most widely read political magazine published in Hong Kong.
– This Article translated from Chinese by the Epochtimes

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One-dog policy to fight rabies in China

Posted by Author on November 9, 2006

Jonathan Watts in Wuhan, The Guardian, November 9, 2006-

A dog’s life will never be quite the same again in Beijing, where government population controls are to extend from the bedroom to the kennel.

Under a one-dog policy unveiled today, millions of families will be banned from providing company for their single children with more than one canine pet.

In selected areas, large dogs, such as doberman and labradors, will be prohibited. Elsewhere, man’s best friend will be told that he or she is not welcome in parks, green spaces and other public areas.

According to the Xinhua news agency, dog control authorities in nine areas have been ordered to destroy surplus pets, and families that keep them without permission will be punished. China’s capital will institute a one-dog policy for each household in nine areas, the agency reported.

“Only one pet dog is allowed per household in the zones, and dangerous and large dogs will be banned. Anyone keeping an unlicensed dog will face prosecution,” it said.

Outside the target zones, Xinhua said owners are prohibited from taking their pets into hospitals, schools, markets, shops, public gymnasiums, hotels, parks, cinemas, railway waiting rooms and sightseeing areas. Large and ferocious dogs must be restrained.

The measures have been introduced to control one of the worst outbreaks of rabies in recent memory. The ministry of health said rabies had overtaken tuberculosis and Aids as the country’s most deadly disease, excluding the common cold. In the first nine months of this year, the country recorded 2,254 rabies cases, almost all fatal, up 30% on the same period in 2005.

According to the Beijing Dog Supervision Office, 550,000 dogs are registered in the capital and another half a million are kept by owners who have not paid the 1,000 yuan (about £65) licence fee.

Several local governments have conducted massive culls, including that of 50,000 dogs in Mouding, Yunnan province, this summer.

Animal lovers said the slaughter and restrictions wrongly punished dogs for the errors of owners. And they pointed out that more than 80% of reported bites of humans were inflicted by small dogs.

“It is wrong to consider dogs as a threat to human beings. There are no evil dogs, only bad masters,” said Meng Xiaoshe, editor of the Dog Daily website. “We should learn from other countries’ experiences, instead of allowing the fates of our dogs to be decided by the whims of officials.”

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EU calls for release of detained Chinese bishops

Posted by Author on July 14, 2006

The European Union has called on China to immediately release bishops and Christians imprisoned “for their religious beliefs”.

The call came in a report approved yesterday by a large majority in the EU Foreign Affairs Committee on ties between the EU and China. The report notes “the fate of many imprisoned bishops” and “calls on the authorities of the People’s Republic of China to immediately release all members of Christian churches who are unjustly imprisoned or persecuted”.

According to AsiaNews sources, dozens of bishops of the underground church are under house arrest or prevented from carrying out their ministry. Three of them went missing years ago when in police hands, and the government of Beijing has never given any reason why.

The report approved yesterday criticized China for the illicit bishops’ ordinations that took place in recent months in Kunming and Anhui, holding them to be “a grave violation of religious freedom” that endangered trust in “honest and constructive dialogue” between Beijing and the Holy See and hindered the “development of freedoms” in China.

The report also highlighted the defence of religious freedom for Tibetans, Muslims in Xinjiang and groups of the Falun Gong.

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