A decade after presiding over one of the greatest HIV/AIDS cover-up scandals in Chinese history, then-Vice Premier Li Keqiang attempted last year to redeem himself, pledging to revive efforts against rising infection rates in the People’s Republic.
Twelve months on — and as World AIDS Day is marked Dec. 1 — the jury is still out over whether Li, who is now premier, has backed his words up with any action, or whether they were simply empty gestures uttered to placate a watching world.
Certainly last year, hopes appeared high for the former. In November 2012, ahead of the United Nations-declared holiday, Li promised to offer greater support to non-government organizations tackling HIV/AIDS in China.
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