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AIDS funds for China frozen in grant dispute

The Chinese government’s propensity to view NGOs with suspicion has fueled its obstruction of the public health activities of AIDS activists in the country

By Sharon LaFraniere  /  NY Times News Service, BEIJING

The Chinese government has been wary of such groups for years. One prominent official gave a taste of the government’s thinking earlier last week. In Qiushi, a Chinese Communist Party journal, Zhou Benshun (周本順), the secretary-general of the party’s political and legislative affairs commission, wrote that China must “guard against being misled to the point of falling into the trap of so-called ‘civil society’ devised by certain Western countries.”

ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY JONATHAN ANSFIELD

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