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then, and cut more than $3 million in expenses includ- Board granted him a Orphanage denies human rights charges Pictures dispute conditions found during official tour ,0y CHARLENE L. FU Associated Press SHANGHAI, China — Seeking to refute reports that orphans are . -systematically starved to death, • officials led foreign journalists i. tbday on a tour of a Shanghai vjorphanage filled with apparently Will-fed, healthy children. i * ' Even faced with photographs of f 'emaciated dying and dead children, ' '.the orphanage's former director, insisted, "I never hurt them." v'ln a report released over the weekend, the U.S-based Human Rights Watch-Asia used the Chinese government's own reports and statistics, backed by medical 1 records, photographs and other documentation smuggled out of the country, to contend that state-run orphanages routinely starve children to death as a means of controlling the institutions' population, A British television documentary to air Tuesday makes many of the same allegations. The Shanghai Children's Welfare Institute was the focus of the U.S. group's report because former staff doctor Zhang Shuyun had smuggled out the medical files of nearly 400 children who died there from December 1988 to October 1992. They showed that of 207 deaths recorded from November 1991 to October 1992, 47 percent died of malnutrition. The Chinese Foreign Ministry took foreign journalists on a tour of the orphanage today and offered interviews with orphanage management and Shanghai officials. Reporters found the rooms in the See ORPHANAGE, Page 8 China says film poisons relations By MICHAEL WEST Associated Press LONDON — China has protested an expose on Chinese orphanages to be broadcast in Britain this week, saying its airing threatens success of Foreign Minister Malcolm Rifldnd's upcoming visit to Beijing. The documentary—which alleges brutality and neglect are behind the high mortality rate at China's state-run orphanages — airs Tuesday, the same day Rifkind flies to Beijing for talks focusing on Britain's relations with China and the return of Hong Kong to Chinese rule next year. Rifkind told reporters in Hong Kong today that he plans to question Chinese officials about the allegations. "It is important to hear the Chinese government's point of view," he told reporters in Hong Kong. At the Chinese Embassy in London, press sec- retary Liu Jianchao called airing of the documentary "a very bad move, very detrimental." "It will poison the atmosphere between China and Britain," the press secretary said in The Observer newspaper Sunday. "The film will not be conducive at all to Mr. Rifldnd's visit." The British documentary follows the weekend release of a report by the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch-Asia that contended China's orphanage workers systematically starve thousands of children to control the institutions' population. The Chinese government calls the report baseless. The Chinese Embassy wrote Channel 4 last month denouncing the documentary as "another attempt to defame China and ... mislead public opinion by piecing up horrifying stories at the cost of a country being slandered." Stt RELATIONS, Page 8 The macla percent newsprint. also recycle

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  1. Ukiah Daily Journal,
  2. 08 Jan 1996, Mon,
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