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Bird flu (H5N1) has killed 11,172 poultry in central China

On May 19m, 2007, Xinhua News Agency, citing the Ministry of Agriculture, reported that 11,172 poultry in central China have died as a result of bird flu (H5N1). The report said that another 52,874 were slaughtered. Chinese Agriculture officials say that the outbreak has been brought under control. The Propaganda Department of the local Chinese Communist Party must approve all media requests for interviews.

‘Boycott Beijing Olympics’ Campaign

While China just published regulations on media reporting of the 2008 Olympic Games, a coalition of Falun Gong supporters is calling for a boycott of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing unless the Chinese government meets an August 2007 deatdline to allow an independent investigation of organ harvesting allegations.

China: an Increasingly Erotic Society

According to the official statistics, currently there are more than 370 million porn websites in China. Each day about 20,000 erotic photos are posted on the Internet, and 144 million poeple surf the web. Of those, 20 million are adolescents under 18. A speaker from the Public Security Bureau of China, Mr. Heping Wu, reported that 80% of the crimes that youth commit are due to the temptations from the web. The erotic information on the web indulges them and erodes their morality. As a result, they commit crimes and even large crimes. The majority consist of defrauding others, rape, robbery and stealing.

Chinese Vice Premier Huang Ju dies

Chinese Vice Premier Huang Ju, a protege of former President Jiang Zemin, died in Beijing early morning of June 2, 2007 after a long illness, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Huang ranked number six in China’s Communist political hierarchy. His death may intensify frictions between former President Jiang and those loyal to current President Hu Jintao.

Former Head of China’s Food and Drug Administration Sentenced to Death

Beijing First Intermediate Court sentenced Zheng Xiaoyu, the former head of China’s State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) to death on May 29, 2007 for taking bribes totaling 649,000 RMB (US$848,366) from eight pharmaceutical and medical equipment companies and illegally approving their products. The unusual sentence is perceived as a political bid to rein in rampant corruption in China and as a means of dealing with foreign complaints about China’s corrupt pharmaceutical sector.

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