• Introduction
• Founders and Board Members
• Honorary Advisors
• Foundation Events
• China This Week
• Washington Journal of Modern China
• US-China Policy Review
• China Forum
• USPCF Staff
• Other Links
Week of January 12, 2000

Week of January 12, 2001

The U.S. and China This Week

Next Summary

U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS: China Challenges Incoming Bush Administration's Security Policies

SUMMARY: In a report published in the China Daily newspaper, a mouthpiece for the Chinese government, the Chinese
government remarked that the U.S. missile defense proposals that strained U.S.-China relations last year would have adverse impact on bilateral ties and have an adverse global impact.  In addition, it criticized the continuing unofficial U.S. military alliance with Taiwan and the sales of weapons.  The report came shortly after the Bush prepares to implement his campaign proposals for a strengthening of U.S. military and the building of a national missile defense system.  The pro-NMD president-elect Bush can expect to be the target of increased attacks from the Chinese government on U.S. proposals for NMD and relations with Taiwan compared to the Clinton Administration.  President Clinton has been hesitant to move ahead with deployment of the defense system during the final months of his presidency and carefully maintained a low-key relationship with Taiwan.

Previous Summary || Next Summary

SOCIETY: Falun Gong Member Freed

SUMMARY:  The Chinese government has released a Canadian Falun Gong follower from a labor camp after two
months of a three-year sentence. Zhang Kunlun, a dual Canadian and Chinese citizen, was the first known individual
holding foreign citizenship to be imprisoned for being a Falun Gong member. China outlawed Falun Gong 18 months
ago. The 60-year-old Kunlun, a sculpture professor in Shandong’s Jinana city, was described as “tired, but fine?by a
Canadian embassy spokesperson in Beijing.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhu Bangzao said Kunlun was released because he realized Falun Gong is an evil
cult and said that he would sever ties to it. But Falun Gong members in Canada said Zhang remains devoted to the sect.
The Chinese government maintained that Zhang’s release was not due to foreign pressure. Canadian Prime Minister Jean
Chretien is scheduled to visit China from February 9-18.

According to the Hong Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy, three recent deaths in
custody of Falun Gong members bring the total killed in China’s crackdown on the group to at least 98. Falun Gong’s
website claims 114 members have died in police custody. In anticipation of a gathering of Falun Gong followers in Hong
Kong on January 14, the Chinese government has launched a fresh public relations campaign to discredit the group as a
tool of “anti-China?Western elements trying to overthrow China’s political order. Falun Gong is legal in Hong Kong
despite the fact that the former British colony is now part of China.

Previous Summary || Next Summary

SOCIETY: Blood Donations Result in Aids Transmission

SUMMARY: Chinese “blood heads? who collect blood to sell to hospitals, blood banks and blood product firms, have
spread Aids by reusing needles and reinjecting tainted blood into blood donors, sources indicate. Blood selling is still
practiced in China, where many people will not donate blood due to a cultural belief in its sacred quality. In the past,
blood heads would mix blood from various donors of the same blood type, take the plasma out, and reinject the blood
back into the donors so they could sell their blood again sooner. The blood was not tested for HIV. One Shanghai
County health official estimates that hundreds of thousands of blood donors were infected with HIV through this
practice. While testing donated blood for HIV is now officially required, it is not widespread.

Official statistics as of last September held that China had 20,711 individuals infected with HIV, an increase of 37%
over the previous year. A total of 741 individuals were listed as having developed Aids. Three-hundred-ninety-seven
people were reported to have died from Aids since 1985. The government has distributed condoms and tried to educate
sex workers in some areas about the dangers of Aids in the wake of a finding by scientists late last year that Aids could
wipe out the economic gains from reform. Chinese celebrities are also speaking out about Aids. A recent Chinese poll
indicates the public is still largely ignorant of how HIV is transmitted. According to the United Nations, 57% of
prostitutes in China claim their clients do not use condoms.

Previous Summary || Next Summary


The U.S. and China This Week
The U.S. and China This Week

USCPF Homepage


Last updated: 17 January 2001

   316 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Suite 201-202 • Washington DC 20003 • phone: 202.547.8615 • fax: 202.547.8853