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dArKeR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 07:40 AM
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China's health record raises concern
Hong Kong media reported that a case of foot-and-mouth disease was identified about two weeks ago in a rural area outside Beijing, and that more than 2,000 infected cows had been exterminated and quietly buried. However, when the media started investigating, Beijing officials denied that there had been an outbreak of the disease. In view of the Chinese government's prior record of handling epidemics, no one should be surprised if Beijing is frantically trying to cover up an outbreak.

There is an old Chinese saying that "family shame should not be revealed to the outside." While there is nothing wrong with covering up one's own shortcomings, the same cannot be said if such concealment could harm and injure others.

When it comes to matters as serious as the outbreak of an epidemic, concealment could destroy the lives of many innocent people. Under the circumstances, Beijing's repeated attempts at covering up the spread of epidemics, most notably demonstrated in its handling of the SARS outbreak, is completely unacceptable.

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/edit/archives/2005/05/2...

Sounds just like the Bush Adm. changing, denying, and falsifying reports
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 08:05 AM
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1. AIDS. nt
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dArKeR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 08:22 AM
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2. If one knows anything about Chinese culture: If you can't see it it can't
hurt you.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 09:16 AM
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3. I'm pretty dumb about Chinese culture, but willing to learn.
But I know AIDS is there, in Russia, in China, in SE Asia,
in India, and they don't seem any better at dealing with it
than we were here. In "The Coming Plague" it estimates caseloads
in the 10s of millions by now. It sort of amazes me that we
hear almost nothing about it.
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