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China AIDS activists reject Li olive branch

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Chinese AIDS activists on Thursday accused the Communist Party's new number two Li Keqiang of hypocrisy after he called for more non-government efforts to fight the disease. 

File photo of Chinese students marking World AIDS Day at a school in Hanshan, east China. Chinese AIDS activists have rejected a call by Communist Party leader Li Keqiang for more efforts to fight the disease. They accuse Li of helping to cover up a government blood donation programme that infected thousands with AIDS

The ruling party has long been suspicious of HIV/AIDS campaigners because of their refusal to support official policy, and activists accused Li -- expected to become prime minister in March -- of overseeing deliberate oppression.

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