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09:16, December 28, 2012

BEIJING, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- A high-earning doctor in south China who refuses to support his ill mother is facing fierce backlash in the country that traditionally values filial piety.

Yang Xiaomin, an associate professor at Hainan Medical University (HMU) and a doctor with HMU's Affiliated Hospital, has refused to provide 1,500 yuan (240 U.S. dollars) a month to cover his septuagenarian mother's medical costs and daily expenses.

Yang refuses to be his mother's caretaker, saying he "cannot afford to hire a nanny."

When his sister stepped in to take care of their mother and asked for money to help cover the costs, he refused even though the sum is only about one-seventh of his monthly salary.

Yang has suggested sending his mother, surnamed Li, to a local nursing home, threatening to sever all ties with Li if she doesn't.

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