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As China Mourns, Government Navigates Quake’s Aftermath

China paused for three minutes of silence Monday to remember victims of last week's earthquake and to begin three days of mourning. Margaret Warner reports from Beijing and Shanghai on how both the government and Chinese citizens are handling the crisis.

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  • MARGARET WARNER:

    Early on Sunday morning in downtown Beijing, people were lining up to give blood to victims of the Sichuan quake.

    The rush of blood donations throughout the country was so great in the first five days that the Chinese Red Cross is now limiting the number of donors. Yet they keep coming.

    Among them was 25-year-old supermarket worker Yang Sha Sha.

  • YANG SHA SHA (through translator):

    I was very upset to see what happened. This is not the first time I've come to donate blood. But the number of people here is greater than what this blood bank can hold, so I feel very touched.

  • MARGARET WARNER:

    There's been an unprecedented flood of financial donors, too, in a country with little tradition of philanthropy. Hundreds of millions of dollars had poured in by Saturday.

    Also touched by the tragedy, some of the millions of migrant workers from rural provinces who provide the labor for Beijing's construction boom. Thirty-two-year-old He Qiang lost co-workers on his crew, which is rushing to complete a six-star hotel for the Olympics.

  • HE QIANG (through translator):

    At our construction site, the people from Sichuan, they bought tickets and they went home. I watched TV, too, and I see a great pain. When I see people taken out of the ruins, I feel miserable.

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