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Violence in China over SARS

“Thousands Riot in Rural Chinese Town Over SARS”:http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nyt/20030428/ts_nyt/thousands_riot_in_rural_chinese_town_over_sars

bq. Thousands of residents of this rural town, believing that a local school would be turned into a ward for urban SARS patients, ransacked the interior of the four-story building on Sunday night. The school attack is the first reported instance of civic violence directly associated with China’s epidemic of SARS or severe acute respiratory syndrome. It suggests that social tensions are rising as fear of the invisible, potentially fatal virus spreads faster than the disease itself, although nearly a hundred more cases were reported in Beijing today.

Is this another Tiananmen in the making ?

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SARS and China

Mitchell Koss, a producer for Channel One News visited Guandong province of China a week back, and this is what he had to say

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Hindus in Pakistan

“Living in fear”:http://www.sulekha.com/redirectnh.asp?cid=308101

bq. Recently in Kashmore some 20 armed personnel allegedly attacked villagers with rocket launchers, rifles and other automatic weapons at a bus-stand, leaving 15 people dead including a Hindu woman, and kidnapped nine villagers including threeHindus. “The armed men threatened the Hindu communities of Kashmore and Thul talukas to either leave the towns or face the consequences,” said a local journalist who was present at the incident.

All the untold benefits of living in the “Land of the Pure”

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SARS and Chinese Economy

“SARS as metaphor: a tale of two epidemics”:http://www.rediff.com/news/2003/apr/25rajeev.htm

bq. Nike has contingency plans to move its production out of China. Motorola has restricted travel to affected areas, while Honda is moving the families of its expatriates out of China. Wal Mart has banned all travel to China. Cathay Pacific has been forced to ground much of its fleet due to rampant cancellations; other Asian airlines are affected. The tourist flow into East Asia, one of the region’s major money earners, has been curtailed dramatically. The Canton Trade Fair, usually the single largest trade show in China, is effectively dead this year.

The chinese may value secrecy above the life of their citizens. But the Capitalist who trades with China values his life more than money.

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Secrecy in a Globalized Economy

niraj says on China Mishandling the SARS epidemic

bq. One wonders why China was not more proactive in this affair? Its reputation is not actually stellar among fellow Asian countries, many of whom see China as a hegemonic power. But this case will reaffirm the view that China is not to be trusted, and is a step back for a country trying to change its reputation from a Communist state to a flourishing democratic power.

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