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It’s a Sunday afternoon and Yang Haisong seems to be in a chipper mood. Under a blazing sun on a warm day in Beijing he sit
s on the side of a road smoking a cigarette. Yang, a founding member of the Chinese rock band P. K. 14 and its l
ead vocalist, is taking a break from activities in Free Sound, a record store in which he has been talking to fans about th
e band’s seventh studio album, What We Talk About When We Talk About His Name.
Yang hails from Nanjing, Jiangsu province, and it was there that P.K. 14 was formed nearly 22 y
ears ago before going on to become one of the most influential rock bands in China’s indie rock scene.
“I love record stores,” Yang, 46, says. “Of course listening to music
online through streaming services is incredibly conven
ient, but when I hold cassette tapes or vinyls in my hands I feel this connection with the music.”
The band’s latest album, released on Oct 14, 2018, was recorded in Be
rlin, and in addition to being streamed online, it was distributed on record and cassette.
on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, her best time is in the e
vening, after a long and tiring day at work — and when she is alone.
“I will cook my own dinner – I can eat whatever I want, and I will go to the gym, then get beer
s and watch my favorite shows on Netflix,” said Gray, who has been single for about five years after brea
king up with her college boyfriend. “Or I can choose to hang out with my friends.”
She said she likes to be free to go with the flow and be respons
ible only for herself, and not having to compromise.
“I just feel like I’m happier and more myself [when I’m alone]
,” Gray said, adding she’s also busy trying to advance her career, so she doesn’t want to spend extr
a time on taking care of a partner or children if she gets into a relationship or gets married.
for Disease Control and Prevention, said the latest study done in Britain shows the possibility of
curing HIV/AIDS through stem-cell transplants and is a ray of hope to those living with HIV.
“However, it is still too early to say the method can by copied and promoted extensively to treat people with HIV,” Wu said.
A big hurdle in such research is the difficulty of finding donors with the CCR5 delta 32 ge
netic mutation, given that the percentage of people with the mutation is very low among the total population, he said.
“Besides, there are different subtypes of HIV, which require different coreceptors to produce an infection,” he said. “Other HIV co
receptors exist besides CCR5, so such a method will not be effective in treating HIV if the virus infects through oth
er coreceptors,” he said. Coreceptors create a docking area on cells for HIV infection.
Wu Hao, a professor of infectious diseases at Beijing Youan Hospital, said the research is important and may have valu
e in the search for a cure for HIV patients. Some Chinese researchers are also conducting similar research, he said.
not a big problem for Beijing, according to China expert Tsang, as they served to remind Islamabad of China’s importance as an ally.
But the escalation this week has put Beijing in an awkward position.
”They have to do something to show that they are helping to keep thi
ngs under control, while not appearing unreliable as Pakistan’s ally,” Tsang said.
But Beijing doesn’t want to overplay its support of Pakistan and push India into the arms of US President Donald Trump.
Compounding China’s problems is the fact India claims it was striking back against terrorists in Kashmir.
The mass detention of Muslim majority Uyghurs in China’s north western provinc
e of Xinjiang by the Chinese government is one of Beijing’s most controversial international policies — and
justified by China’s government on the grounds that it is an essential measure in combating terrorism.
”They don’t want to be too hard on India, because they’re acting in response to terrorism,” Tsang said.
China experts said the country’s best option was to join the US in working to defuse tensions between Pakistan and India.
Han Hua, professor and South Asia studies expert at Peking University, said given China h
as greater influence in Pakistan, while the US holds more sway in India, it made sense for the two to cooperate.
”China’s message is clear to both sides: exercise restraint,” she said. “China’s interest lies in the stability of South Asia.”