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Singer-songwriter Hu Hongjin (left) poses in front of a poster of his new album with Shen Lihui , founder of Modern Sky.
Singer-songwriter Wu Hongjin, better known as Zuoxiao Zuzhou, recently released his latest album, We Need a Troubadour, in Beijing. Wu's lyrics are obscure, and his music is considered non-mainstream.

Wu has released 17 studio albums during his decade long career, and made headlines for the way he prices his albums, ranging from 30 to 500 yuan ($4.90 to $81.61).

The 44 year-old is comfortable with the controversy , but will only answer questions from reporters after they listen to his music. At a recent media conference to introduce his new album, Wu played three full length music videos before taking questions.

Some music critics say his singing skills are below average, and the stories he tells in his songs are difficult to understand. In his previous albums, Wu is heard screaming and roaring, but his latest work is more toned down.

His new album features 11 songs, and Wu invited Taiwan singer-songwriters Bobby Chen, Sandee Chan and Hong Kong singer-songwriter Anthony Wong, to sing with him on three of the tracks: Take A Picture , Pacific Breeze and The Most Absurd.

"I want to show you my spiritual world is shared by these talented musicians," he says.

"Looking back on my history, you will see that it usually takes about five to 10 years for my songs to be understood and welcomed. So for the new album, I am not worried. I don't want to explain too much because I think it is stupid."

Shen Lihui, the founder and head of Modern Sky, China's biggest indie music label, produced and released Wu's latest album.

"Though he looks unreliable, Wu finished all of his work ahead of schedule ,” Shen says. "This time he is also reasonable about pricing his album, which is being sold for 85 yuan."

Wu has a loyal fanbase, and his songs such as I Can't Sit Sadly By Your Side and You Know Where the East Is are mainly popular among his diehard fans. Some of Wu's songs "make people feel scared, while others make you laugh", says Shen.

Wu is also known for being a contemporary artist, poet and sound track composer. In 2006, he worked with film director Jia Zhangke on his movie, The World , and the two became good friends. In 2012, Wu also wrote the soundtrack for director Gu Changwei's film, Love for Life, which starred actress Zhang Ziyi and HongKong star Aaron Kwok.

One of Wu's diehard fans, writer Han Han, wrote lyrics for Wu's new song, Pacific Breeze. Wu's songs are "humorous, sentimental and downtoearth" , Han wrote on his micro blog.

Wu attributes his unique style to his upbringing. He was raised in the small town of Jianhu in Jiangsu province. He joined the army and later went to Shanghai, where he sold smuggled tape cassettes.

Wu says his music, artwork and novels are based on the lives of real people in China's cities and suburbs. Wu moved to Beijing in 1993 and founded the art group Beijing East Village with some other avantgarde artists.

Early in his career, Wu played with a rock band named No. The group shocked people with their unique sound, explosive vocals and disordered guitar chords.

Wu, who is now a father, says his style has mellowed a bit after 20 years of making rock music.

"Some things about me have changed, but other things haven't. One thing that has changed about me is that I gained some weight ," Wu says, pointing to his belly.

"Both music and contemporary art function differently for people," he adds. "For me, music serves as raw material and a way to make a good living."

BEIJING, Dec.1 (Xinhua) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) China Office on Monday issued an announcement praising China's progress on HIV and AIDS control.

"Progressive and rapid actions in China have helped lessen the infection rate of HIV, the virus that can lead to AIDS," said Dr. Bernhard Schwartlander, the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in China.

"The HIV epidemic in China was driven initially by injecting drug use. China's response was to set up a massive national network of needle exchanges and methadone centers ," Schwartlander said. "There are now 763 clinics across the country. China is a world leader in this. The result is a remarkable reduction of HIV prevalence among people who inject drugs."

"I am heartened by the incredible progress China has made since the first outbreaks of AIDS. Compared to my early days, China is now much better placed to prevent HIV infection, and doing better at caring for those living with HIV," Schwartlander said. "Yet as we recognize World AIDS Day, I know there is much more China needs to do."

HIV transmission rates in the children of HIV-positive mothers have also decreased significantly in China. The number of sites providing services to HIV-positive pregnant women has tripled from around 500 in 2009 to more than 1,500 today - drastically reducing the rate of HIV infection among children born to HIV-positive mothers, from 35 percent in 2009 to 7 percent in 2012.

"We have seen remarkable progress in some areas, but we cannot stop now ," said Dr. Schwartlander, noting that there are still many challenges that China faces in preventing new infections, and in ensuring equitable access to healthcare and treatment for all who need it.

"China can accelerate action on several fronts. First, a stronger push on prevention -- for instance, promoting safer sex through 100 percent condom use. Second, make rapid HIV testing available at the community-level, particularly for populations who are stigmatized and discriminated against -- sex workers, men who have sex with men , and drug users," said Dr. Schwartlander.

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