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The U.S. and China This Week


DOMESTIC: China Increases Dialogue with Dalai Lama

Chinese officials have recently highlighted the visits of representatives of the Dalai Lama as signs of Beijing's willingness to keep the dialogue between the Chinese government and the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet. Officials continue to maintain, however, that China's stance on the Tibet question remains unchanged. Such visits are a relatively new occurrence, as official dialogue between the two sides has stalled in recent years and was suspended in 1993.Before the envoys visited China in September of 2002, representatives of the Dalai Lama had not officially visited China since 1985.

In exile since fleeing Tibet in 1959, the Dalai Lama continues to lobby for greater Tibetan autonomy, although others among the Tibetan exile community have advocated full Tibetan independence.

 



 

INTERNATIONAL: Spread of SARS Winding Down

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently stated that the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), in terms of number of cases, is now close to running its course. According to WHO officials, only seven cases of SARS have been reported by the middle of this week with China registering no SARS related deaths, a welcome sign to the region, which has been caught up in SARS related panic.

China was both the country in which the epidemic began and the one most hard hit by its effects with over 5, 000 people infected. Although WHO officials have recently praised the efforts made by China, in recent weeks, to monitor and contain the disease, they also caution that there is still no guarantee that SARS may continue to exist and result in another outbreak.

According to WHO officials, it is expected that the warning against travel to Beijing and other affected regions of China may soon be lifted.






 

 

 

INTENATIONAL: Vajpayee Soon to Visit Beijing

According to news reports, China's new leadership has been advocating plans to eliminate village and county government administration. Such reforms would have tremendous impact on both government organization and spending, as a preponderance of the civil service serves under the country level.

It has also been reported that both president Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao have attempted to institute other measures to curb government spending. This includes the planned elimination of numerous bureaucratic procedural rules and the abolishment of various official perquisites.



 

 

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