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Typhoon Haiyan

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.


Chinese daily accuses Manila of ingratitude over US$100,000 typhoon donation

Global Times says Beijing might be the loser if it didn't offer help for storm victims, while Guangdong daily recalls Manila's 'provocations'

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 November, 2013, 11:37pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 November, 2013, 4:21pm

China should help victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan in spite of tensions between the two countries, according to a state-run newspaper. But another accused the Philippines of being ungrateful, a day after the Chinese government announced it would give US$100,000 in emergency aid and the Red Cross Society of China pledged to donate the same amount in emergency humanitarian aid.

"If China gives meagre aid to the Philippines this time, our own losses may well outweigh the losses inflicted upon them by insufficient aid," the Beijing-based Global Times said in an editorial yesterday.

The newspaper added that it was in China's interest to show generosity to a neighbour in need and that providing humanitarian aid to the victims was not in conflict with defending China's territorial claims in the South China Sea.

Video: Grim search for bodies goes on in Philippines

Haiyan is feared to have killed more than 10,000 in the Philippines. It also struck southern China and Vietnam, with seven deaths recorded in Hainan and Guangxi and 14 in Vietnam.

It is no surprise nowadays for Chinese official media to diverge from each other

In contrast to the Global Times, Southern Daily, the official newspaper of Guangdong province and one that tends to be more open-minded, published an editorial on the same day entitled "China never short of 'love' for the Philippines".

The article said territorial disputes and unresolved grievances arising from the 2010 hostage crisis involving a Hong Kong tour bus in Manila did not affect China's love for the Philippines. As evidence, it pointed to the immediate condolences extended by Hong Kong's chief executive Leung Chun-ying, as well as the city's participation in disaster relief efforts.

"The Chinese government and people have never begrudged 'love' for the Philippines, but the Philippines is obviously not content or even appreciating China's 'love', only expecting 'more love' from China," the article said. It went on to cite a series of "provocations harming the Chinese people's feelings", such as refusal to apologise over the hostage crisis.

Guo Zhongshi, head of the department of journalism at Hong Kong Baptist University, said: "It is no surprise nowadays for Chinese official media to diverge from or openly contradict each other." Guo said it would be hard to tell whether it was coincidence that the two editorials conveying different messages came out on the same day. But "they are not to be taken at face value as evidence of two different camps regarding Chinese foreign policy towards the Philippines".

Du Ping, a commentator for Hong Kong-based private broadcaster Phoenix TV, said on air: "China should show sympathy and support even though Philippine President Aquino considers China an enemy." But he added: "China should not try too hard in making a gesture of generosity, or have any false expectation that hefty aid to the Philippines would repair bilateral ties in any way."

The US$100,000 the Chinese government has offered is not only dwarfed by other countries' pledges but is also modest compared to China's own record of humanitarian aid to the Philippines before relations deteriorated this year. In December 2011, China provided US$1 million after Severe Tropical Storm Washi killed hundreds in the Philippines.


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It is comparable to giving 5 cents to a beggar along Beijing Lu in Shanghai: you'll get curses and not gratitude.
The issue is not between love Philippines or hate Philippines. It is about insulting a country that is facing serious calamity. Whether China hate Philippines or the other way around does not matter much here. But to make such an insulting gesture so publicly and internationally at times of big disaster like this is simply disgusting. Not fitting for a country that aspires to be a superpower at all. Not giving at all would have been a more appropriate move.
HK$800,000 from China!!!
160 million from the USA, 120 million from the UK. 80 million from Japan...
China.... an $8.2 TRILLION dollar economy... pledges US$100k? Seriously?
Pathetic. Shame on them.... they should be embarassed.
Q. What noise does a bird make when it flies over China?
A. "Cheap, cheap, cheap, cheap........"
China is no stranger to natural catastrophes. They should know better. Instead they embarrass themselves yet again with this pathetic sum. At the same time people in the government will lament what went wrong in their own society that there is so little compassion. Just look at yourselves!
One day we will all be held accountable for all the careless and harmful words we say to our fellow human being.
Actually, it's good for the Philippines in the long run. The brainwashed Chinese could not use their usual arrogance tone 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 super duper power persecuting their own Chinese citizen, Ughurs, Tibetans and HKer. 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.
I think the bird won't get that far before getting shot down or killed by pollution
You know it's not just the Philippines that will remember this. china you truly had a chance to shine. But your actions are not one of leadership. You have literally set yourselves back in the eyes of ASEAN nations and globally. An action as small as this is not one of a nation set to lead. You will have to wait longer. As for the Philippines was it just a typhoon that set you back? The government of the Philippines has stolen funds consistently. The ineptitude that is displayed by mismanagement, corruption, empty words and all the rest of it, says that you are the ones who are actually keeping your own people back. You could of monitored building, created proper evacuation centres etc. Instead where are they? Do you expect an individual to build them? If you want pride then lead by example. Put the money back into the economy, rid yourselves of corruption and elect leaders.
Regardless of reports, comments trust me the Filipino people are grateful to whatever help that comes in for the victims of TY Yolanda, in any form of help. Truly, we are really grateful to the world. THANK YOU.



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