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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Friday, April 30, 2004

China Letter News Digest 30/4/2004 AEST

China Letter News DigestA "China Letter" Digest of News items that are too noteworthy to go unnoticed but too numerous to comment on every one.

The Seattle Times: Travel: A glimpse inside China's Xinjiang Uighur province: "I met a warm, generous and traditional people that seemed to be coping with the mass influx of Han Chinese and the development and modernization that comes with it. "

Terrorism Remains Problem Despite Decline in Attacks, Black Says: "'We also saw the lowest number of international terrorist attacks since 1969, and that's a 34-year low,' 'There were 190 acts of international terrorism in 2003. There were also fewer casualties caused by terrorists last year. A total of 307 persons were killed in last year's attacks, far fewer than the 725 killed during 2002.'"

Yahoo! News - At least six AIDS sufferers arrested in China for seeking gov't help: "BEIJING (AFP) - At least six AIDS (news - web sites) sufferers and others living in a village in central China devastated by the disease have been arrested for seeking government help, their families and police revealed. "

CHINA welcomes US decision not to investigate China's labor ...
Xinhua - China
BEIJING, April 29 (Xinhuanet) -- China welcomes the decision made by the
US government not to accept the petitions of the American Federation of
Labor-Congress ...

MSNBC - Two new SARS cases confirmed in China: "China upgraded two suspected SARS patients to confirmed cases of the virus Thursday, doubling the number of infected people linked to a Beijing laboratory believed responsible for the latest small outbreak of the disease."

Jail term upheld for former police chief in Liaoning: "The Liaoning Provincial Higher People's Court has upheld an 18-year jail term against Mao Jingxiang, former public security head in Fuxin city of the northeastern province, for receiving bribes and extorting public funds. "

Premier on protection of human rights, private propertyChinese Premier Wen Jiabao said China proposes dialogue rather than confrontation on the issue of human rights.