April 25, 2003 Thousands of Chinese exposed to severe acute respiratory syndrome are told to stay home, and police seal a second Beijing hospital, isolating SARS patients and staff isolated from outside contact. Hear NPR's Bob Edwards and reporter Anthony Kuhn.
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April 23, 2003 Fear of severe acute respiratory syndrome grips Beijing, where public schools have been closed for two weeks, and streets and shops are abnormally empty. Reporter Anthony Kuhn is in Beijing and talks about how China's capital city is coping with the disease.
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April 16, 2003 World Health Organization investigators say China under-reports cases of the deadly SARS virus in Beijing military hospitals and bars the release of details. WHO officials think China has 100 to 200 SARS cases, and that's three to five times more than China has reported. In Beijing, Anthony Kuhn reports.
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February 7, 2003 At Sunday's NBA all-star game in Atlanta, the Western conference's starting center will be Yao Ming, the 7-foot, 5-inch Houston Rockets rookie from China. Anthony Kuhn reports from Beijing that no Chinese athlete has ever reached such heights of fame or fortune.
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January 15, 2003 In Beijing, Assistant U.S. Secretary of State James Kelly continues efforts to end the impasse over North Korea's nuclear program. The United States wants China, North Korea's closest ally, to pressure Pyongyang to give up its nuclear ambitions. Anthony Kuhn reports.
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January 14, 2003 As Assistant U.S. Secretary of State James Kelly heads to Beijing for talks on North Korea, China offers to host discussions between the United States and North Korea in an effort to resolve the their standoff. Anthony Kuhn reports.
January 3, 2003 North Korea resists pressure to halt a nuclear energy program the United States fears could be used to develop nuclear arms. The nation's ambassador to China says North Korea is defending against U.S. aggression. South Korea's president-elect may try to mediate, and China could be a key diplomatic player. Hear from Anthony Kuhn and from James Lilley, a former U.S. envoy to China and South Korea.
January 3, 2003 North Korea's ambassador to China rejects any U.S. preconditions on talks. But he demanded North Korea's own precondition before it would agree to shut down its nuclear program -- a nonaggression treaty with Washington. Anthony Kuhn reports.
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