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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.

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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
ACADEMIC GUO ZHONGSHI

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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nickwest.wyy
Did Chinese government produced the Typhoon as some people are yelling here that we did not give enough donation?
Remember, what China gave to Philipines is donation, not compensation for man-made disaster!
Are people obliged to pay a pre-determined donation for other's unfortunate sufferings?
Request for donation is like robbery~
If the donation of Chinese government need to stand up to its economy, why didn't the omnipresently super-powered US government stand up in 2008 when serious earthquake hit China, as US donated the same amount as Laos, a less developed country in Southeast Asia? see ****blog.ifeng.com/article/31105029.html?touping
webtruder@gmail.com
Jesus!Almost everybody with means around the world(including a six year old Japanese kid) dropped everything to donate and respond as soon as possible to save the dying humans(Politics comes later)
While the middle Kingdom is rationalizing on why to give as little as possible and then calculating what to POSSIBLY GET BACK IN RETURN from sending in the massively needed sea air assets to mobilize the rescue-Then Publishes it for people to read?
Is Beijing really that detached from Humanity and common sense? I'm sorry but, sending in the navy after this will just make it worse!Jesus Christ! Even the JEWS from Israel that is diplomatically detached from the Philippines are there already in full force!Everybody is disgusted and laughing at China and and who are we going to blame for this!Beijing lost a GREAT and I mean GREAT chance to show the whole world that we can be great after all what Philippines has done to us!Instead, we chose to be calculating!I think we just took over the Jews' reputation for this. Beijing should prepare to pressure American Comedians in the coming days.
Hien Nguyen
Sympathy with victims is more important than Chinese gov's vommiting $100k and make the people of Philippines felt like giving the "bone". Some Chinese said: "better than nothing". If I am a president of Philippine, I would say "no thank you". It is not a small number of money but the attitude of the Rat Chinese.
gemdiverstation
There are people dying and suffering out there, and as much as you are giving aid - no matter how paltry it is - you are giving aid based on selfish political calculations based on your so-called gains and losses.
Even a Japanese preschooler (who recently donated from his own piggy bank) can do better than you.
There are wonderful people in that country, but actions and attitudes like these smear the entire people of that nation.
The words that come to mind? Pathetic. Shameless.
gemdiverstation
There are people dying and suffering out there, and as much as you are giving aid - no matter how paltry it is - you are giving aid based on selfish political calculations based on your so-called gains and losses.
Even a Japanese preschooler (who recently donated to the Filipino people from his own piggy bank) can do better than you.
There are wonderful people in that country, but actions and attitudes like these smear the entire people of that nation.
The words that come to mind? Pathetic. Shameless.
skywalker
Is China really so pathetic? Why is SCMP writing about what Chinese state-run newspaper are vomiting out? These state-run organs are just read by brainwashed people inside the Mainland and nobody else is really interested what they are writing.
rolly.marketmarket
Thank you China for your donation. Let's not get emotional of who gives more or less. Let's just be thankful for the help extended. We only got one planet; this is not a contest. Peace everyone!
ran.pars
To CHINA- Philippines will be never your cold war enemy because, it will never do such things that can make the world irate. Just think about this, Philippines will never be your foe, because we love peace and this is a land of the free. Your greediness will eat you and make the world to become irate to you and you will taste the bitter relationship against all odds any part of this world, and you will feel that the world will not be a better place for you.
ran.pars
There is a cold war between China and The Philippines. That's why China isn't eager to help the Philippines because they seem that Philippines is considered as their enemy beyond their resources. Someday there will be a fire igniting for this two countries, that day China will desperately realize their greediness. There is now in debate in their government either to help their foe, their competitor of territory, their neighbor enemy. Their cold war fanatic, selfish idealism, and greediness of power will do nothing to help their enemy in need for shelter, food and resources to build lives. They are all **** and stupidity. The eye of the world now is in the center of Tacloban, which most families lost their love ones, Most businesses closed, most homes are destroyed and busted by the typhoon, most of the lives were lost or feared dead, no more agricultural lands to harvest, most of the malls are looted for survival so that most of these people can survive their lives and the lives of their love ones and families. Most people suffered famine and drought, and most are children. Think about this CHINA? Are now not able to help? do you still be greedy instead of giving? The eye of the world now is in Tacloban. I know that your greediness will make you **** and world will sue you for this, and for sudden your economy down and worst things to come in the end. Don't judge and believe that philippines will be you foe and a competitor, and your worst enemy, because it never did.
Wetworks
The NBA donated US$250,000 by 11.11.2013. A country built on 1.3 billion people, the world's second largest economy, and supposed a world leader, can only put together US$100k? Disgusting.

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