Guardian Says that the PRC's Need to Respond to the HIV Crisis will Ultimately Advance Political Reform

September 20, 2004

Jonathan Watts reports from Beijing that the HIV crisis in China may force the government to be more responsive to citizens' demands and needs. Watts quotes HIV/AIDS activist Wan Yanhai as predicting that "By 2020, Aids will have transformed society.... People have to ask questions ..., they have to get involved in social politics and get organized. From my personal experience I'm absolutely certain that this kind of activity will lead China toward democracy."