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Beijing’s First Bird Flu Patient Died

Beijing Health Bureau announced that one person died of H5N1 on the evening of January 5, 2009. Ms. Huang, 19, was admitted to hospital on December 27, 2008. This is the first case in Beijing and twenty first in China. Authorities have tightened inspection of poultry shipments into Beijing. No other cases were found.

Source; Xinhua, January 7, 2009.

Beijing Beefs up Control of College Students

Beijing will implement measures to re-enforce political education at higher educational institutions, reports Xinhua. The measures include increase of faculty members, funding for student activities, training and research funds for faculty and quality assurance. Student informants will be deployed to collect feedback and evaluate the effectiveness through sitting in classes and organizing forums for students and faculty members.

Source: Xinhua, January 8, 2009

PLA Daily: Infuse Technology Into Existing Munitions

China should seek breakthroughs in infusing new technology into existing munitions, stated People’s Liberation Army Daily. In addition, emphasis should be laid on training of military personnel. Problems listed in the article include China lagging behind developed countries in technology, imbalance in internal structures of the Services, acute shortage of joint forces commanders and technologists, political constraints limiting military construction and development.

Source: Xinhua, January 3, 2009

Xinjiang Arrested Close to 3,000 for Endangering State Security

Chinese authorities arrested 1,295 ethnic Uyghurs in Xinjiang (East Turkestan) region in the first 11 months of 2008 on suspicion of endangering state security. Of them, 1,154 were formally charged and faced trials or administrative punishment, reported the official The Procuratorial Daily on the December 27, 2008 conference of Xinjiang procuratorial authorities. . In 2008, the judicial authorities in Xinjiang took the maintenance of social stability as its top priority and struck hard on the three forces of terrorism, separatism and religious extremism that endanger state security" in the run up to China’s hosting of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Source: People’s Daily, January 4, 2009

Xinhua Blasts Paulson and Bernanke for Holding China Responsible for Economic Crisis

Xinhua publishes a headline editorial at its website rebutting the comments of U.S. Secretary of Commerce Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke that China’s high level of deposits caused the imbalance of global economy. The article is titled “Paulson and Bernanke’s Nonsense Cannot Change the Facts.” The article says that Paulson and Bernanke reversed the cause and result and it was U.S.’s low interest policy that directly caused the over-extended expenses. The article further says that if someone gets into trouble, an honest person should look within not shift the responsibility to others.

Source: Xinhua, January 6, 2009

Negative Growth in 2009 if No Significant Increase in Government Expenditure

China must increase its expenditures from 4,000 billion to 10,000 billion Yuan to avoid negative growth, said Study Times, the publication of the Party School of CPC, on December 29, 2008. The current cycle of investment has run its course. It is clear next year’s investment will be around –10%, a reduction of 1,000 billion to 1,500 billion yuan. The previously announced 4,000 billion yuan government expenditure for 2009 and 2010 will not offset the decrease of the market demand. Moreover, exports in 2000 will likely see a growth of -10 to -20%.

Source: Study Times, December 29, 2008