International Humanity

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China’s Reputation at Stake: AIDS-Activists

Posted by alexfrancis on February 5, 2007

Source: ALEXA OLESEN, “AIDS activist stopped from visiting U.S.,” Associate Presss, Sunday February 4, 2007,  http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070205/ap_on_re_as/china_aids_whistleblower

This article is about a Chinese doctor who was prevented from attending a fundraiser in Washington by the Chinese government. In the past, she has made efforts to alert people of AIDS being spread by tainted blood transfusions.

The Chinese government has viewed heractions as subordination and have confined her to her home so that she does not leave the country.

Apparently, this woman represents to the Chinese government, the AIDS problem the government created when allowing HIV patients to sell their blood in the past. It seems to me that China is worried about its reputation in terms of human rights. If this woman was to go to Washington and speak about the transgressoins of China, it would result in negative public opinion of China. Thus, China is acting liberal in the sense that it wants to maintain a good reputation with other countries as to maintain respect from the international community.

AIDS activist Gao Yaojie is seen at a hotel during a visit to Shanghai in this March 27, 2004 file photo.  Gao, who is known for her fight to expose blood-buying schemes that infected thousands with HIV has been put under house arrest to stop her going to Washington to be honored by a Hillary Clinton charity, a friend said Monday, Fab. 5, 2007. (AP Photo/Christopher Bodeen/File) http://news.yahoo.com/photo/070205/481/bej10102050346;_ylt=AkhbEI7srWwt3Z8W4DIHYmr9xg8F;_ylu=X3oDMTA3bGk2OHYzBHNlYwN0bXA

The above is a photo of the woman described in the article. Click on the link to the right of the photo for a detailed caption as well as information about the photographer, etc.

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