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US Protests: "China, Pay Your Fair Share on Global AIDS!"

 WASHINGTON  -- On the eve of World AIDS Day December 1stAIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, is spearheading two simultaneous protests in Washington, DC and Los Angeles targeting the Government of Chinaover its misuse of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria. Over the past ten years, China—now the world's second largest economy—has received nearly $1 billion ($940M) from the Fund, yet has contributed just $16 million. Over the same years, the United States has contributed $5.1 billion to the Fund—more than 28 percent of all contributions to the Fund. The protests will take place Tuesday morning, November 30th in front of the Chinese Embassy inWashington (2300 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 20008; 12 noon to 1pm Eastern) and in Los Angeles at the Consulate General,People's Republic of China (443 Shatto PlaceLos Angeles, 90020, from 9am to 10am Pacific). The protests will also be followed up later in the day with a press teleconference at 5:30pm Pacific (9:30am Wednesday Dec. 1st in Beijing &Shanghai).


LOS ANGELES

 


 

When:

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

 

Time:

9:00 - 10:00 AM   (Pacific Time)

 

Where:

Consulate General, Peoples Republic of China

 

443 Shatto Place, Los Angeles CA 90020

 



 


 

WASHINGTON, DC

 

China Global Fund Protest

 

When:

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

 

Time:

12:00 - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)

 

Where:

Chinese Embassy

 

2300 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008

 


The Global Fund is a program funded by the wealthy nations that is designed to provide financial assistance to developing countries that lack the resources to fight diseases and build up medical infrastructures. AIDS advocates at both protests in DC and LA will carry banners and signs reading "China, Pay Your Fair Share on Global AIDS!" in both English and Chinese, and carry placards with color pictures of China's currency, the renminbi, in the 100 yuan denomination.

While China has contributed a mere $16 million to the Global Fund yet received $940 millionthe United States, by contrast, has contributed $5.1 billion while has given Japan $1.3 billion and France $2.2 billion.

"The Chinese government should be showing more leadership on HIV/AIDS than it has over the past decade and it should be shouldering far greater financial responsibility in helping to combat the global AIDS epidemic," said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. "As one of the largest recipients of Global Fund money, China—second only to the US as the largest economy in the world—is taking desperately-needed resources away from countries with far greater need. Through these protests in Washington and Los Angeles and as World AIDS Day approaches, we are urging the Chinese Government to 'give more and take less' from the Global Fund."

With regard to the dichotomy between China as a donor and as a recipient of global health funding, an Associated Press article, "China Rises and Rises, Yet Still Gets Foreign Aid," (AP/Forbes, Gillian Wong, 9/25/10) pointed out, "China spent tens of billions of dollars on a dazzling 2008 Olympics. It has sent astronauts into space. It recently became the world's second largest economy. Yet it gets more than $2.5 billion a year in foreign government aid - and taxpayers and lawmakers in donor countries are increasingly asking why. With the global economic slowdown crimping government budgets, many countries are finding such generosity politically and economically untenable. China says it's still a developing country in need of aid, while some critics argue that the money should go to poorer countries in Africa and elsewhere."

"China currently has over $2.5 trillion dollars in foreign currency reserves. It spent over $40 billion to host the 2008 Summer Olympics, and over $58 billion to hold the 2010 World Exposition," said Tom Myers, Chief of Public Affairs and General Counsel for AIDS Healthcare Foundation and who is based in Washington. "China is a wealthy country and can pay for its own health care needs."

About AIDS Healthcare Foundation

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to more than 140,000 individuals in 22 countries worldwide in the US, AfricaLatin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe


STORY TAGS: GENERAL, BLACKS, AFRICAN AMERICAN, LATINO, HISPANIC, MINORITIES, CIVIL RIGHTS, DISCRIMINATION, RACISM, DIVERSITY, RACIAL EQUALITY, BIAS, EQUALITY



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