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Week of May 16, 2003

Week of May 16, 2003

The U.S. and China This Week



China's struggle to deal with Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome continues, with government officials taking strong measures in an effort to deal with the disease. Measures include a ban on international adoptions of Chinese children, which had previously been allowed to continue. Such adoptions have been numerous, with some 5, 000 children adopted last year alone. Officially, however, have clamped down because of increased fears of spreading the disease.

SARS, the mysterious flu-like sickness that has spread rapidly first throughout the world, has reached a global death toll of 478. The disease, which is suspected to have originated in Guangdong, a province in southern China adjacent to Hong Kong, has quickly spread infecting close to seven thousand people throughout the world. China remains the most severely hit, with deaths totaling over 200.

The Chinese government has also increased penalties for purposely spreading SARS, which may now result in the death penalty.



DOMESTIC: Coalmine Explodes in Anhui

A coalmine blast in Anhui province has reportedly killed sixty-four workers and left 22 missing. Rescuers were dispatched into the Luling mine, where the explosion occurred, and have been able to rescue 27 people. The Luling mine is one of the largest mines in the province, employing 7, 000 workers.

Rescuers have yet to report the discovery of the missing miners. Officials have mentioned, however, that gas continued to leak from the mine and another explosion is still possible. In an effort to increase mine safety, the government has closed all mines in Anhui province until inspections may be conducted to determine if they meet safety standards.







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