DEATH SPREADS ACROSS CHINA, PART II

Publication: China Brief Volume: 2 Issue: 18

By Gordon G. Chang

Beijing is fighting AIDS, but it prefers to fight AIDS activists. And shut down clinics to help the Chinese people afflicted by the disease, the worst in human history.

This June the United Nations released its landmark report on AIDS in the People’s Republic, “China’s Titanic Peril.” The response of China’s public health officials was swift: They closed a private AIDS center that offered counseling to those infected with HIV. “It may be possible that the UN report offended the Chinese government and they decided to take a harsher stance against private groups,” says Wan Yanhai, who ran the now-closed center. Who knows whether Wan is right, but the government’s actions show that it has yet to understand the crisis that will come.

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