China will strive to limit the number of AIDS infections to less than 1.5
million by 2010, Vice-Premier Wu Yi told a visiting UN official Wednesday
"The Chinese Government has always attached great importance to the
prevention and control of HIV/AIDS," Wu said in a meeting with Nafis Sadik,
special adviser to the UN secretary-general and special envoy for HIV/AIDS in
Asia and the Pacific.
"We have set up a work mechanism against HIV/AIDS with the government playing
a leading role and active participation from all walks of society."
Wu said the Chinese Government welcomes the UN and other international
organizations giving more support to China's fight against AIDS.
"China will strengthen exchanges and co-operation with international
organizations to curb the spread of AIDS with a responsible, open and
transparent attitude," Wu said.
Sadik praised the remarkable achievements China had made in HIV/AIDS
prevention and control and said the UN would continue to support China in
fighting AIDS as before.
At an AIDS prevention workshop held by the Ministry of Public Security on
Tuesday, a senior police officer said the police would get tough on crimes
committed by HIV/AIDS carriers.
"We should never allow criminals to take advantage of AIDS and escape or
receive less severe punishment just because they are infected," Beiijing News
quoted the officer as saying.
"Those who know they are infected with AIDS and deliberately infect others
will be severely punished according to the law," he said.