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Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded, struck the Philippines in November 2013 with winds of up to 190 mph (305 kph). At least 10,000 people died in one Philippine province alone.

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State media: China ‘should help typhoon-ravaged Philippines despite row’

China has offered US$100,000 in aid to the Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 November, 2013, 4:34am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 12 November, 2013, 6:25pm
 

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China should put aside its territorial dispute with the Philippines to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan, state-run media said on Tuesday, adding that doing so was in Beijing’s best interests.

The two countries are embroiled in a long-standing dispute over islands in the strategically vital South China Sea - which Beijing claims almost in its entirety - and Manila says Chinese vessels have occupied the Scarborough Shoal, which it claims, since last year.

Watch: US marines join Philippines typhoon rescue, looters abound

China, the world's second largest economy, has offered to give the Philippines US$100,000 (HK$775,000) for relief efforts, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang announced on Monday.

It is the same amount as Vietnam, itself now battling to limit the damage from the storm which made landfall yesterday. Meanwhile, the US has sent US$20 million in aid, while Australia and Britain have pledged US$9.38 million and US$9.6 million respectively. 

The United Nations, Japan and the United States mobilised emergency relief teams and supplies after one of the biggest storms on record devastated the central Philippines on Friday. China's offer did not include personnel, but Qin said Beijing could proceed with further assistance after consulting Manila and relief agencies. 

The United States has sent 90 marines, aircraft, emergency shelters and 55 tonnes of emergency food. Tokyo is sending a team of 25 medical personnel.

The state-run Global Times newspaper said in an editorial on Tuesday the territorial row should not affect such decisions.

“It’s a must to aid typhoon victims in the Philippines,” the paper, which is close to the ruling Communist party, said.

But it added: “China’s international image is of vital importance to its interests. If it snubs Manila this time, China will suffer great losses.”

“Aid to the typhoon victims is a kind of humanitarian aid, which is totally different from foreign aid in the past made out of geopolitical concerns,” it said.

The donation comes a month to the day after China criticised the US for giving tacit backing to the Philippines’ stance after Manila had launched an arbitration case with the United Nations to challenge the legal validity of Beijing’s sweeping claims over the resource-rich South China Sea.

China’s decades-long boom has seen it become the world’s second-largest economy but Beijing has long been accused of using trade and aid to further its own agenda, particularly in Africa, where its influence has rocketed in recent years, and also in much of Southeast Asia.

It says it is open to friendly relations.

Video: Relief efforts intensify in Tacloban

As well as China and the Philippines, other countries also have overlapping claims to parts of the South China Sea, and tensions have risen sharply in recent years, with Manila and Hanoi accusing Beijing of increasing aggressiveness.

Typhoon Haiyan hit China after devastating parts of the Philippines, killing more than 10,000 people in one Philippine province alone. Reports out of China say the storm killed at least seven people in the southern province of Hainan and Guangxi region.

Despite an official death toll of 1,774, authorities in the Philippines fear that the toll could climb to more than 10,000. At least two million people in 41 provinces were affected by the disaster, with tens of thousands of houses destroyed.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino has declared a state of national calamity, allowing the government to use state funds for relief and rehabilitation and control prices.

Beijing's offer highlights the fine diplomatic line it needs to walk amid its ongoing territorial dispute with Manila in the South China Sea.

"Given the tense relationship between China and the Philippines, resentment among Chinese may be triggered if Beijing helps the Philippines," said Du Jifeng , a Southeast Asian affairs analyst at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Qin denied any link between the aid and its relations with the Philippines.

Vietnam, despite itself being hit by a weakened Haiyan, offered emergency aid of US$100,000. It said it "stands by the Philippine people in this difficult situation".

Reaction to the news of China's donation among Chinese web users was mixed on Tuesday, with many commenting that Beijing should not have donated any aid.

"The Chinese government should not have offered aid in the first place to a country that’s unfriendly or even hostile to China. Instead, grass-roots organizations and individuals should be encouraged to offer aid," wrote a microblogger by the name of Mituofo.

IN PICTURES: Typhoon Haiyan leaves a trail of devastation

"China has so many impoverished areas that could use the aid money," said another called C_Q77

One commenter on the Global Times website wrote: “So many of China’s own children are starving and don’t have enough clothes to wear - Why would the government pretend to be a good guy to other countries while turning a blind eye to your own people?”

Agence France-Presse, Reuters

Video: More scenes of Philippines devastation

 

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norodnik
Another 50 cents garbage mouth comment....can't even post up a name!
cardcardso@yahoo.com
My name is Card So. I am an extremely controversial public figure in HK. I am very obsessed with giving out my little name cards profusely .Since it is HK taxpayer money, I could print as many as I want. When my helper was about to renew her visa, I instructed her to hand my name card instead of my salary slips and tax returns to the immigration officers :D
cardcardso@yahoo.com
I know you are 50cent lap sap dispatched by the CCP. It's so obvious :)
Joe Guy
can someone find the SCMP's editorial during 91' Eastern China flood? I am particularly interested in what they have said when US government offered $10,000 aid to China.
XYZ
Records show the U.S. gave $25,000 in cash and another $100,000 in cash through Medecin Sans Frontiere and airlifted 70,000 blankets into Eastern China at the time of the 1991 flood. The reason more direct cash was not provided, and will not be provided in the future, is that the U.S. (and others) are of the belief that most of the aid will be stolen by crooked Chinese officials.
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Maybe this also explains why China is so stingy with its aid to the Philippines: it figures the Filipino officials would simply do what they do, and steal it all.
XYZ
Firstly, records show the U.S. gave $25,000 in cash and another $100,000 in cash through Medicin Sans Frontiere and airlifted 70,000 blankets into Eastern China at the time of the 1991 flood. The reason more direct cash was not provided, and will not be provided in the future, is that the U.S. (and others) are of the belief that most of the aid will be stolen by crooked Chinese officials.
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Maybe this also explains why China is so stingy with its aid to the Philippines: it figures the Filipino officials would simply do what they do, and steal it all.
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cardcardso@yahoo.com
Most of the money donated probably did not reach to the victims' hands. I remembered vividly that HK people had altogether donated billions of dollars to PRC in 1991. At that time we were still under the British Administration. What US did was sensible. Just ignore those Chinese who bring it up. Btw, I would like to bring everyone attention that HK Red Cross is now officially under PRC Red Cross and PRC Red Cross practices is notorious. Don't donate any money to HK Red Cross because money automatically goes to the corrupted PRC officials. I repeated HK Red Cross is no longer function as a separate entity. The unit is forced to merge with PRC.
archipelago
oh hi there lil joey
better check accounting or audit department
or call 1-800-AUDIT-MY-HOLE
WiNK WiNK WiNK
Joe Guy
ok, so your hole is itching, I get it and it needs a good pounding, is that why you keep winking here?
archipelago
100K fake USD? haha
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on behalf of the American people, I demand apologies for the 100K fake dollars!!!
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Chinese lately are acting like small-eyed yellow clowns. try to bubble first in your own world or to xi jinping before crying to the earth... we will see if you can still squat and release your waste. WiNK

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