Nov 30th US Protests: 'China, Pay Your Fair Share on Global AIDS!'

By Aids Healthcare Foundation, PRNE
Sunday, November 28, 2010

On Eve of World AIDS Day, Simultaneous Protests at China's Washington Embassy and Los Angeles Consulate Will Target China for Misuse of the Global Fund; Over Last Ten Years, World's Second-largest Economy Received Nearly $1 Billion from the Fund, but Contributed Just $16 Million

WASHINGTON, November 29, 2010 - On the eve of World AIDS Day December 1st, AIDS Healthcare Foundation
( (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, is
spearheading two simultaneous protests in Washington, DC and Los Angeles
targeting the Government of China over 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 in Washington (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 Place, Los 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).


    China Global Fund Protest   (NOTE: Approx. 150 people expected
     at Los Angeles protest)
    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
    Contact:      Ged Kenslea (323) 791-5526 Cell
                  Lori Yeghiayan, (323) 377-4312 Cell

    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
    Contact:      Joey Terrill (213) 453-3630 Cell

    TELECONFERENCE (Post China Protests)-5:30pm Pacific, Follow Up
     on China & AIDS Funding

    When:         Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 5:30pm Pacific Time
                  (9:30am Shanghai & Beijing-time Wednesday Dec 1st
                  local time)

    Teleconference Dial in information:
                  -US callers +1.877.411.9748 participant code
                  -Int'l callers: +1.636.651.3128 participant code

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 million, the United States, by contrast, has contributed $5.1
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
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, Africa, Latin
/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe.

LOS ANGELES, Ged Kenslea, +1-323-308-1833, or Mobile: +1-323-791-5526, gedk at, or WASHINGTON, Tom Myers, Mobile: +1-323-860-5259, tom.myers at, both of AHF

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