An earthquake struck on 14 April
President Hu Jintao, attending a BRIC summit in Brasilia, announces postponement of his state visits to Peru and Venezuela.
Earlier in the day, over a thousand Indigenous Brazilian women, representing over 100 ethnic groups, march on Brasília after an overnight occupation of the headquarters of the Ministry of Health's Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health. Protestors chanted against the government's recent attempts at municipalization and privatization of the Indigenous health subsystem, and called for stricter environmental regulations.
Thousands demonstrate against Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit, against the background of a dispute between Japan and China over islands in the East China Sea, condemning “Chinese imperialism” while waving the flags Tibet, East Turkestan and south Mongolia.
Premier Wen Jiabao travels to the earthquake zone, having postponed a scheduled visit to Brunei, Indonesia and Myanmar. President Hu Jintao calls the Presidents of Chile and Venezuela to postpone trips to those countries.
Chinese media say 589 people have died after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake hits China's Qinghai province. Reports suggest there were six quakes in total, and over ten thousand people were injured in the disaster.