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MAC official warns of PRC social unrest
The Mainland Affairs Council warned yesterday of growing social upheaval in China and said that increased resentment among the Chinese public will lead to social instability.
MAC Vice Chairman Liu Te-hsun issued the warning at a routine news conference.
Citing statistics compiled by China's public security authorities, Liu reported that the number of social unrest cases around China has exploded over the past 13 years - from some 8,700 in 1993 to more than 32,000 in 1999 and 599,392 last year.
Although China's economy is expanding rapidly at 10 percent per year, Liu said the country's vast underprivileged population has become increasingly disgruntled with the sharp disparity in the social classes and with the increasing wealth gap.
Cold front coming
The winter's first cold front will sweep Taiwan Saturday, a Central Weather Bureau (中央氣象局) spokesman said yesterday, forecasting that it will intensify January 1, bringing lows of 7 degrees Celsius to central and northern parts of the country.
The spokesman also said showers can be expected in northern, northeastern and eastern Taiwan, while other areas will be sunny or have partly cloudy skies.
The arrival of the front will reduce daytime temperatures to between 7 degrees Celsius and 10 degrees Celsius in central and northern Taiwan, and 12 degrees Celsius to 14 degrees Celsius in the south and east, the spokesman said.
Lows for central and northern regions could remain under 10 degrees Celsius until January 3, he added.
HIV blood donor
The Cabinet-level Department of Health will bring to justice an HIV-positive blood donor responsible for infecting three individuals through transfusions, DOH officials said yesterday.
One of the three victims infected with HIV died of an unrelated disease in early December, said Shih Wen-yi (施文儀), deputy director-general of the Centers for Disease Control under the DOH.
The DOH will offer assistance to the other two recipients of the tainted blood, Shih noted.
The HIV-positive blood donor made a total of six donations, most recently in November of this year, Shih said, adding that the donated blood was destroyed soon after being found to be HIV-positive.
The infected individual also donated blood last March, according to Shih, who added that another two individuals who received blood from this individual have already died due to other diseases.


Updated : 2021-06-21 00:54 GMT+08:00