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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?”

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jiawang@adb.org
$100,000 in "aid" - that's kind of cheap.
If China is going to treat the Philippines like an enemy then don't give them anything.
If China is going to help the people of the Philippines then act like a superpower and give accordingly.
$100, 000 in "aid" is an insult. The Philippines should reject it or give it to Cambodia.
whatever
Headline should read "China donates the cost of one government officials' banquet to help the Philippines"
cardcardso@yahoo.com
Actually, it's good for the Philippines in the long run. The brainwashed Chinese could not use their usual arrogant slurs in the future to hurl insults to the Philippines and the Filipinos and utter something ignorant like ' ingrates', 'ungrateful pigs', 'without China help, you all eat ****'........ This is an extremely good example to show the world that PRC would never be able to overtake US and Japan. PRC is indeed superpower just for persecuting their own Chinese citizen, Ughurs, Tibetans and HKers. Btw, many countries are mobilizing genuine assistance to the Philippines with no strings attached. UAE has appropriated USD 10 m and dispatching humongous supply of food items to the affected areas. Almost all civilised First World countries have pitched in to assist the Philippines. The world can indeed live without the hypocritical PRC.
scmp04
Amazing!!!! 100k, you shouldn't have.......really, you shouldn't have.
The Philippines should return that money.
What a joke.
whoaman
$100,000 is an insult. Unreal. Come on, Mr Li, act more like an int'l statesman than a 2 year old child. We leave that role to the HK gov't kids.
bm10017
The United States just donated $20 million and sent an aircraft carrier with a fleet of ships, aircraft, military personnel and humanitarian supplies to assist the emergency response effort in the Philippines. Britain, Japan, Norway, Germany and many other nations all over the world have responded equally and with the utmost generosity. China wants to save face, but in truth they just made themselves look total jackasses. Bravo!
Joe Guy
news flash, in 2011 China pledged US$ 1 million aid to Philippines for the tropic storm damage, now in 2013, it becomes US$100,000 for a seemingly much bigger damage, why scaled down here? I think the Philippines know the answer.
kenchong77
The typhoon was unexpected in strength, and the generosity of Beijing is the same "unexpected". US dollar $100,000 in donation by China, today's superpower. When I first heard that, I thought either I mis-heard it or somebody made a mistake in it. But, it is, wow, an insult in disguise. Shame on you, Beijing.
realestate
When I read China donated USD 100,000 I was kind of shocked because the offer looked more mocking that lacked generosity from a big and rich country like China. It also portrayed a lack of sensitivity to the loss of life and property to an otherwise impoverished Philippines.
I believe the Filipino helpers in Hong Kong would have raised much more money than China's generosity.
Joe Guy
comparing to the meager amount of $10,000 US government offered to 91' Eastern China flood, I think Chinese government is overly generous here, Philippines have never been friendly to China or Chinese people, they are enemies. Do you help your enemies? I don't think so. Philippine is not a friend of China and never will be. And we all know money cannot buy friendship, so why Chinese government should waste money on something futile here? Frankly Philippines should stop pretending "I am genuinely surprised by this", they know better and no need to cry foul here. Their realistic hope for financial aid obviously will come from Uncle Sam, as we all know here.
cardcardso@yahoo.com
CCP is rich. They don't need money! Yet they love to squeeze out hard -earned HKer money and forcibly directed our puppet govt to donate hundreds of millions to those corrupted officials every time they experience a disaster.
John Adams
Did Mr Qin Gang mean $100,000 for every dead Filipino the help their families or just $100,000 for the whole devastated province ?
Joe Guy
ok, so your hole is itching, I get it and it needs a good pounding, is that why you keep winking here?
Tan
I find it rather disappointing how people here are simply commenting without any thought or sympathy. A disaster is a disaster, and yes, the amount China has put in can be taken as an insult.
But is this really what we should be talking about, much less arguing about at the moment?
Chinese this, Philippines that, just stop, it's not helping at all.
Have some respect and sympathy for what has just happened and send your condolences first before saying anything. Don't use this tragedy as an excuse to express your hatred of different races.
Of course, China's gesture can be taken as an offense; but in politics, can we really only say one party is at fault? It takes two hands to clap, it takes two parties to argue. Research, analysis of politics, why argue about it, why side with one party? At this point simple people can do nothing but sit and watch as nations go about their official business.
Enough of this "Cursing Chinese, Dissing Pinoy...". It's not helping at all. It's no different from what these nations and important people are doing. Making things WORSE.
Get off your computer, visit the local Red Cross and donate or do something to help these people. Take your political/critical behind elsewhere. This is not the place.
Pathetic how people use a tragic loss of human life to vent their anger.
cardcardso@yahoo.com
Mr Khoo, Are you Malaysian or Singaporean ? Please don't add fuel to the fire! for more than three decades HKer maintain cordial relationship with the Filipinos. For the time being, we are calling for a truce and refrain from bringing up the Manila massacre. The Philippines have enough on their plate. Play a role as a human being not some brainwashed people of Chinese ethnicity.
Artie
Too little - too much are all freedom of expression that you enjoy thanks to electricity and internet connections ... there are thousands of people in the Philippines without this luxury ...
They don't have food, water and medical supplies and they will say Thank You to those that helped. So shame on you for those of you sitting on your axxx bickering here ... go and find a good cause and make a positive impact to someone's life.
caractacus
"China, the world's second largest economy, has offered to give the Philippines US$100,000 (HK$775,000) for relief efforts."
The Philippines should tell them to keep their money.
HiggsSinglet
This is not politics, this is about human suffering. The amount and the comments from China shows how immature and childish these confucius minded thinkings are. Mixing politics with humanitarian aid. Sounded like a **** whining!!!
norodnik
Another 50 cents garbage mouth comment....can't even post up a name!
babyhenry
If China donates more - her people will surely be outrage as the Global Times comment said.
If China doesnt donate - it will be criticized
If China donates too little like now - it would still be criticized but hey now you get to be label as a "superpower" by those who say you will never be one.
Maybe China should sent warships too? O wait that will certainly be criticized too.
China should've just sent personnel then the ball will be on the Philippine gov'ts side, whether they accept or refuse its up to Philippine gov't. But then again the PR department of PRC is not programmed to think they are only there to reuse Decade old slogans and hype up whatever that comes out of their leaders mouth.
raglan
It's the thought that counts so China should donate just $1, that's all the Philippines is worth anyway....
Camel
In another article our readers and poster from the Philippines (who are commenting here as well very negatively) are complaining and swearing at HK and China for not caring and not offering any help. Now, there is a response from China and what do our friends from the Philippines here have to say? Nothing changed, they are still complaining.
nosidam
There are no worries whatsover with China becoming a super power and leader anytime in the near future. Their values of every man for himself and "don't shovel the neighbor's walkway" always hold true no matter what the circumstance.
andreaswagner
USD 100,000, wow!
oxymoron19
China may be the world's 2nd largest economy but it is most definitely a 1st class ( D)ouche_bag with a capital "D". They don't only think like an under-developed country but act like one. They've got no class ! Why don't they just invade this ravaged country while it is still in a state of shock. They have stooped to a new low.
whatever
You've been saying that all throughout the comments but a quick Google shows the US contributing more than $100k in cash and $250k in airlifted supplies in the first few weeks of the 1991 floods, and all this for something that killed a fraction of the death toll in the Philippines. Goto reliefweb.int and look at the actual situation reports of what was requested and donated. You can also find the US donating for floods in 1989 and 1990 in China. In fact, the US is still providing foreign aid to China, donating over $28 million last year alone.
chaz_hen
USD 100k...the price of a corrupt Chinese official's car...
cardcardso@yahoo.com
The brainwashed Chinese are busy persecuting Jimmy Kimmel and Sean Roberts. The CCP probably spent $$$ in mobilizing the overseas Chinese to incite hatred towards Americans and the US government. The CCP is trying very hard to assimilate HKer/ dragging HKers' feet. To all Filipinos who are reading this, HKer have no intention to rubbing salt into your wounds. We will try our best to be a good neighbor. We will help as much as we can without our puppet government.
cardcardso@yahoo.com
You don't incite hatred here. Speak for yourself. Don't speak on behalf of many well-intentioned HKer!
Joe Guy
please do send back the money, thanks!
Artie
Not an insult by China its partly politics as it cannot match US's efforts and influence you will see China splashing out if it was an African country with rich minerals... Also China's help does not include any equipment and personnel help yet ... China does have a lot of problems and poverty itself ... so its better than silent HK and especially as HK has so many Filipino descent residents ... US, Australia and Canada has many Filipino descent residents and see their response
jiawang@adb.org
Headlines in Western media:
"China's meager aid to the Philippines could dent its image"
****www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/12/us-china-philippines-aid-idUSBRE9AB0LM20131112
Chinese who call for a stingy, indifferent attitude on part of China towards the natural disaster in the Philippines, are causing damage to China's long-term interest.
ling2777
cannot agree more with Tan's comments. This is the time we should do something we feel proud of
eric.khoo.549
At this difficult time I find many pinoy still arrogant and cursing the Chinese for their generous donation even hostility by Philliphine against them. I think China should have keep the money help it's own ppl who in need rather than been accused of double face, fetus eating and all kind of cursing. I pity the Chinese more than the pinoy.
KwunTongBypass
What if typhoon Haiyan had hit Hong Kong? No problem, we would have let our hundreds of thousands of Philippine helpers work overtime and clear the mess, no?
superdx
Sending money isn't going to help. It'll probably disappear into some fat corrupt government "official" in PH.
The main problems are roads, transportation and logistics, none of which exists in PH. The roads are covered in debris, or have been washed away. You could send a billion dollars and it wouldn't do a thing to help those who need it right now.
Send canned goods, bottled water, first aid kits, clothes. Those can be at least air dropped into the disaster area. They can also be delivered by boats.
Sending money is a total waste. If you really want to help, then send supplies.
oxymoron19
China may be the world's 2nd largest economy but it is most definitely a 1st class {D}ouche_Bag with a capital "D". They don't only think like an under-developed country but act like one. They've got no class ! Why don't they just invade this ravaged country while it is still in a state of shock. They have stooped to a new low.
robdingwall
China and Saudi Arabia have both offered $100,000 dollars - I can only see these offers as insult that try to humiliate the Philippine people. They disgust me!
webtruder@gmail.com
Seems nobody here realizes the ramifications of Beijing's worry here for international image and backlash.The following article should invalidate some of the idiotic comments here and make people realize that the Chinese government is humstrung on who to appease. All their work for good image and respect hangs in this fact alone:
****usa.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2012-10/19/content_15832099.htm
Even the popularly hated country in this hemisphere donated 200,000 usd for China's quake victims. This does not bode well as China has to maintain the image that it is on moral high ground in regards to its thorny relations to Philippines.While it also has to maintain the popular belief made by them locally that they are not bullying Philippines because of its size, but because they just decided to be not better. By the way, the article above is from China Daily.LOL
cardcardso@yahoo.com
Who decide to publish this insignificant news has an ulterior motives. SCMDaily is a CCP mouthpiece. This paper no longer represent HK people. How much PRC donate to the Philippines is none of HK business. Don't drag HK into the PRC camp. PRC could easily keep quiet and let the world go unnoticed of their petty gesture.
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.
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
Joe Guy
oh dear, you are not American, Filipino is not deemed as a worthy American anyway
Joe Guy
lol, is that your accent? I can almost hear that funny Filipino accent, it makes you sound gay!
babyhenry
Regarding inciting hatred, I find you saying it particularly hypocritical for someone who just in another article literally tried to blame HKers arrogance against Filipino on Chinese up North trying to pretend to be HKers.
archipelago
as long as it's not fake... WiNK
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China is worth 50 cents anyway... WiNK
req
its the thought that counts...
Joe Guy
then why don't you protest in front of the puppet government? you certainly can do that, you should put on a banner and voice your disapproval of sending your hard earned money to Philippine.
Joe Guy
I think you should move back to Philippine if you really want to help you dear homeland. Otherwise, shut up and be grateful!
shuike
Why hide behind 6 stars? What do they stand for? BANANA?
Joe Guy
nah, nice try tho!
cardcardso@yahoo.com
Actually, it's good for the Philippines. The brainwashed Chinese could not use their usual arrogance tone in the future to belittle the Philippines and the Filipinos and utter something ignorant like ' ingrates', 'ungrateful pigs', 'without China help, you all eat ****'........ This is an extremely good example to show the world that PRC would never be able to overtake US and Japan. They are superpower just for persecuting their own Chinese citizen.
andyphongtran
Only $100k? Why don't the Chinese slant eyes just stuff it in their ****. What a cheap **** race on earth.
cardcardso@yahoo.com
Powerful in persecution ? Nobody in the world cares how much PRC donate. It's insignificant news. Only CCP mouthpiece SCMDaily keeps reporting it. Just watch CNN reporting Sweden loading tons of medical supplies onto the cargo hold and heading to the Philippines.
cardcardso@yahoo.com
This is true HK spirit that will never get reported by CCP SCMDaily. ****hk.apple.nextmedia.com/news/art/20131113/18505365
justin.rule.3
Im not even Fillipino and I hate Chinese I think they are the most disgusting race on earth they don't care about anyone but themselves just white pigs with slant eyes 100k pffft pathetic when westurn countries offering millions the second largest economy gives a pathetic insulting 100k well we all know who we need to stop doing business with thats for sure.
ngsw
Seeing your so MANY fierce commments here, l feel you are adding fuel instead of calling a truce. I am a 50 cents, huh.
Camel
I am really astounded how many Phillipinos/as are writing here and pretending being a HKnese. If you don't like it here you know where the airport is.
cardcardso@yahoo.com
Don't blame the Filipinos. I took ownership of my comments to condemn fake HKer like you. According to many comments on other articles you are the most unwelcome commentators. Once again, DLLM! You deserved it!
cardcardso@yahoo.com
Stupid Chinese! DLLMCFH! You are certainly not a HKer! Save the 100k for China herself! Next massive earthquake might just be around the corner.
justin.rule.3
Well we wont be helping China when its in a time of need then if there attitude is like that what a horrible retched people and culture I find them as disgusting selfish self centered two faced people the faster the Chinese government collapses the better and remember we wont be helping them with anything from now on they can do it all on there own.
caractacus
US$100,000 offered by China but no physical aid, is this just parsimonious or a pointed insult?
The people of the Philippines know who their friends are.
Kenny
China which is one of the richest government in the world just donated USD100k. As usual, the figure is link to political and economic reasons. Maybe this is called in Chinese "Yi Si, Yi Si!". Like a small token to say the country still gave some aid..haha
minoltapro
Well.. Money is still money and it will surely help.
However, in real thoughts, it is almost considered as an insult.
jiawang@adb.org
"Philippines response to China's Sichuan Earthquake"
"President Arroyo directed the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) to prepare the humanitarian mission that will assist the quake victims in the country's Asian neighbor.
"After more than 10,000 people died in an earthquake in China, the President ordered the NDCC to immediately send a medical team there," Deputy Presidential Spokesman Anthony Golez said.
"Every time we have disasters in the country, it only takes hours for China to send help. This is one way to reciprocate their generosity and kindness to the Filipino people," he added.
"Golez said the Department of Health is expected to hold a meeting with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Armed Forces of the Philippines about the medical contingent to China.
"The medical team, composed of doctors, pediatricians, psychiatrists, and sanitary engineers, will be deployed in China as soon as it gets a green light from the DFA, according to Golez. He said the government is awaiting word from the Chinese embassy about where the Philippine medical team may be used.
"Golez said the Philippine medical mission will be "self-sufficient" with adequate medicines and supplies during its deployment abroad.
"They should not only have medicines for the victims but they should provide for their own needs. They should know where they would sleep so as not to inconvenience the host government," he said.
jiawang@adb.org
"Philippines response to China's 2008 Sichuan Earthquake"
"President Arroyo directed the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) to prepare the humanitarian mission that will assist the quake victims in the country's Asian neighbor.
"After more than 10,000 people died in an earthquake in China, the President ordered the NDCC to immediately send a medical team there," Deputy Presidential Spokesman Anthony Golez said.
"Every time we have disasters in the country, it only takes hours for China to send help. This is one way to reciprocate their generosity and kindness to the Filipino people," he added.
"Golez said the Department of Health is expected to hold a meeting with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Armed Forces of the Philippines about the medical contingent to China.
"The medical team, composed of doctors, pediatricians, psychiatrists, and sanitary engineers, will be deployed in China as soon as it gets a green light from the DFA, according to Golez. He said the government is awaiting word from the Chinese embassy about where the Philippine medical team may be used.
"Golez said the Philippine medical mission will be "self-sufficient" with adequate medicines and supplies during its deployment abroad.
"They should not only have medicines for the victims but they should provide for their own needs. They should know where they would sleep so as not to inconvenience the host government," he said.
Artie
Too little - too much ... its the freedom of speech we enjoy with electricity and internet connections ... there are many thousands in the islands with no such benefits who would say Thanks You for helping and for those sitting on their **** doing nothing more than bicker find a cause and do some good.
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
archipelago
haha
WHATEVAH lil joey??? WiNK WiNK WiNK
cardcardso@yahoo.com
Don't pretend yourself a HKer. Majority of HK people approved of extending our hands to the Filipinos.
Joe Guy
and you know this because?
cardcardso@yahoo.com
I am a HKer. 我係香港人唔係中國人。Loud and Clear ?
shuike
Don't drag & use the dead to berate China. That's insulting to the bereaved.
oxymoron19
The Great Red Dragon shall trample its enemy with claws of destruction and breath fire to vaporize those that defies me. For those that seek mercy, I shall make you kneel before a great king and keep you alive with petty small change, for it is not in my nature to forgive nor forget, but punish those eternally with a bag of saline, so you all shall walk the fence between the living and the dead, that you would forever be in pain and cower like a wounded canine. Behold ! Our great empire has risen, to take its rightful place.
cardcardso@yahoo.com
Need an ambulance to send you to a psychiatric facility?
cardcardso@yahoo.com
Great news indeed.
cardcardso@yahoo.com
The Queen has sent a message expressing her "heartfelt condolences" to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
"I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of life and devastation caused by the typhoon that hit the Philippines at the weekend," she said in a message to Philippine president Benigno Aquino III.
"Prince Philip joins me in offering our heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families at this difficult time.
"Our deepest sympathies go out to all those whose lives have been affected. Elizabeth R."
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said the Queen had also made a personal donation to the appeal to help those affected by the devastating typhoon.
The Queen's message came after the Government announced it will match public donations to leading UK charities raising funds for the disaster-hit Philippines pound for pound.
International Development Secretary Justine Greening said that under a new agreement with the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC), the first £5 million donated by members of the public to the appeal will be matched.
The Government had already committed £10 million in aid, so the additional £5 million commitment will increase the UK's support to £15 million in total.
A team of British medical experts, a Royal Navy warship and an RAF transport aircraft are heading to the stricken island nation
The UK medical and surgical team will include three emergency physicians, two orthopaedic surgeons, one plastic surgeon, two
djangoairport
help should not be questioned? we are just but earthlings.... f....k off the words politics, citizenship and race
oxymoron19
@Camel below
Darn! You have blown my cover!
Confession: I just stole my employer's credit card, hacked into his computer when he is sound asleep and paid a subscription fee here just to make a statement. BTW, please do not abuse our kind, we are called Filipinos not PHILLIPINOS. We are poor but we have dignity. The heck with all you Hongkongnese !!
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cardcardso@yahoo.com
Camel is not a HKer just some **** typical brainwashed PRC Chinese.
clchau
Itˊs just a dimplomatic way to increase China's image.
andyphongtran
Philippino should not eat food given by Chinese. They will poison you to death.
SpeakFreely
It is not just money from government counts. If you tune into American channels like CBS, NBC, CNN etc you will see many coverage and they actually send reporting teams to cover very touching stories. CBS has a whole page of article talks about how to help the victim by providing contact info of rescue websites for donation. Actually the coverage has been since last Friday. This is much bigger coverage in HK where we have hundred of thousands of Philipine maid working here.
Joe Guy
well in comparison, in 1991 Japan offered an aid of US$300,000 cash and relief goods worth another US$170,000, Germany US$270,000 cash, Norway US$280,000 cash... An amount of $25,000 aid from the largest economy in the world said a lot, don't you agree here? And when the US finally realized how embarrassing their "good gestured" aid really was, they increased it to US$100,000 but not after almost a month. Too bad for them, it was too little and too late when you have a country like Italy offered more than $280,000 cash aid.
oxymoron19
China may be the world's 2nd largest economy but it is most definitely a 1st class **** with a capital "D". They don't only think like an under-developed country but act like one. They've got no class ! Why don't they just invade this ravaged country while it is still in a state of shock. They have stooped to a new low.
gopladz72
Yap! They can keep their money, they it need it more pay for their fancy mistresses and baijus!
Joe Guy
Sadly China is not the first or the only offender here, American has done the similar things many many times, like mentioned here earlier, in 1991 the US government offered $10,000 aid to an unprecedented flood disaster in Eastern China.
cardcardso@yahoo.com
Does PRC really has friends? What sort of images they are trying to project besides their economic prowess? The CCP keeps sending mixed signal that they are the second biggest economy in the world and they are going to bypass US in no time yet there are still many poverties in the country . Are those Chinese leaders suffering from Schizophrenia, insecurity or what? Or they think the rest of the world are fools? ASEAN nations, Japan, Korea are all US allies. India is definitely no friend to the CCP, Even Singapore founding father LKY is wary of the CCP PRC and this negative sentiment heightened after the pretty unpleasant Suzhou Industrial Park experience. As of now only Russia, Pakistan, North Korea and the brutal Assad regime are Middle Kingdom ( temporary) friends.
nicos_sf@yahoo.com
thank you - from Phil
OldPeak Toad
...and since in the meantime we have been told over and over that a Hong Kong Chinese is about 1,000 times more valuable than a Filipino, we now have an official yardstick from "big Mother", and can settle the other tragic episode with 10,000 $ a head.
cardcardso@yahoo.com
There are anti Japanese movement because of the Senkakus. Anti Filipinos movement because of the shoals. Anti American sentiment because of Jimmy's comedy show. All this hateful sentiments belongs to PRC Chinese. It does not belong to HKer. Alright?
babyhenry
You must be a world class moron. HKer's anti Filipino sentiment is much stronger than PRC's.
The bus tragedy HKers continue to make unreasonable demands from Filipinos and continue to make threats to ordinary Filipinos. The politicians are mostly from the Pan Dem camps so I suppose they must be PRC Chinese then? Also please stop pretending you are suffering from amnesia just a few years back HKers were up in arms calling all kind of nasty names on Filipinos who demand that their contributions and right be respected by giving them the "right" (only) to apply for HK permanent residency. oo those name callers from the internet to radio call shows must all be PRC Chinese.
Most of the verbal abuses on Filipino's are from HKers, calling them slaves, parasites and monkeys, etc & yes we all know HKers treat all their domestic helpers with utmost respect and those that dont must be PRC Chinese.
Anti Japanese sentiment have always been there and the Diaoyu islands just made it worse. And "Chinese Americans" up in arms must also be PRC Chinese? Wow seems like most PRC Chinese in PRC don't even give a **** about Jimmy's joke. But hey who am I to challenge the almighty who certainly seems to know everything about everyone. You are like a shining example of why HK have end up in its current state, ignorant, arrogant, whiny, moronic, self centered egomaniac.
cardcardso@yahoo.com
Dllmcfh! You are certainly some fat **** Chinese. We are calling a truce for the time being. It is not in HKer genes to play the Schadenfreude card. We are not some cheeky Chinese.
cardcardso@yahoo.com
I said CCP corrupted officials not the Philippines. Don't you know that we protest all the time???
cardcardso@yahoo.com
Because I am HKer not some cheeky cheeky Chinese. Ok?
cardcardso@yahoo.com
强國人最擅長叫人'收聲,冇我哋你一早食屎啦!' 你咪典型强國人囉!
Arkaitz Aberasturi
Oxymoron you are truly a moron! Your dragon is a vindictive, petty and narrow-minded reptile. It's rightful place is some desolate grassland in the dark ages! I wish a group of Uighurs will find you alone in some dark alley.
jiawang@adb.org

The Chinese have a saying: "Distance shows the strength of a horse; time shows the character of a man."
The world is now seeing the "character" of China in how it treats its small, poor "enemy" that experiences a natural disaster.
Yes, China is a big, strong, and rich country. It will show the world how it deals with its enemies: big or small; weak or strong; rich or poor. China is powerful!!
cardcardso@yahoo.com
Readout of the President's call to President Aquino of the Philippines
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globe.harmony.1
Justin. You are so pitiful and hateful.
I bet you donate nothing, midget. .
webtruder@gmail.com
If comments here are not from 50 cent prostitutes and are from common Chinese Nationals Instead,I am in the wrong dimension I guess.
zhong8hans@gmail.com
It is better than nothing. China gives in other ways to make up for the monetary difference :)
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
robdingwall
That depends upon what the thought is!
cardcardso@yahoo.com
You better ask SCMDaily why my name is not displayed properly! You cannot read traditional characters ?

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