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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.

Typhoon Haiyan

China awaits word from Manila on offer to send typhoon relief teams

China awaits word from Manila on whether it will accept the offer, which comes on top of US$1.7 million in money and relief supplies

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 17 November, 2013, 3:16pm
UPDATED : Monday, 18 November, 2013, 11:16am

China is awaiting official word from Manila after it offered to send rescue and medical teams to the Philippines, just over one week after a devastating typhoon struck the island nation.

The Chinese government initially offered US$100,000 to help in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan but raised its offer by a further US$1.6 million on Thursday.

Given its economic power, the pledges were criticised as meagre and seen as driven by a bitter feud with Manila about overlapping claims in the South China Sea.

“In light of the current actual needs of the typhoon-hit areas, the Chinese government is ready to dispatch the emergency medical assistance team on humanitarian grounds,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei.

In Manila, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said China’s offer was appreciated. “We are promptly referring China’s offer to our senior officials in the Department of Health for a timely assessment of our current and future medical needs in the affected areas.”

Beijing’s offer of aid has been dwarfed by contributions from the US, Britain and Japan. But presidential spokesman Ricky Carandang said they were not insulted that aid from China was not greater. “We are not in a position to say this is too small or too big. Whatever it is, we are grateful for the gesture,” he told the South China Morning Post.

Zhuang Guotu, director of the Southeast Asian Studies Centre at Xiamen University, said China was slow to react because it lacked experience in dealing with international relief. 

He added: “China and the Philippines have no political trust, and their disputes in the South China Sea have left the relationship more strained recently.”

He Maochun, a professor of international relations at Tsinghua University, said Beijing was waiting until a full picture of the disaster emerged.
“It has to deal with domestic disaster relief and then consider its global duties,” He said. Haiyan also struck southern China, with seven deaths recorded in Hainan and Guangxi.

Mainland internet users have objected strongly to Bejing providing aid.

One user on Tianya.com, a popular online discussion forum, said: “The Philippines hates us no matter how much money we give to them. It’s better for our government to leave the donations to the poor kids who can’t afford to go to school.”

That contrasts with Hong Kong, which saw a number of fund-raising activities over the weekend. Filipinos urged Hongkongers to give generously, while hundreds attended memorial services to seek comfort in prayer.

Video: Aid effort intensifies in Philippines


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I have news for the poster from Tianyu.com: Filipinos do NOT hate Chinese. Many Filipinos have Chinese ethnicity. Filipinos just feel that in the past few years, China and the Philippines have had disputes over territory and other issues and they feel threatened by China. This is fear, not hate.

Since the Americans and Japanese have sent ships and men to the Philippines, it does seem a little strange that China is now in a rush to take part in the action. Hmm . . .
If the Philippines do not want Chinese warships bringing aid, China should just stay home.
China can give aid to Japan the next time they have an earthquake.
I feel Anderson Coopers 360 report about the PH is very accurate about PH politicians, when no one is in charged. It makes me feel sad. If everyone can just stop praying or chanting to reduce noise pollution and do more deed, it will help themselves immensely.
If prayers are so powerful, there would NOT BE any Christians, Muslims, Buddhist, Taoist, Orthodox, and Jewish people in all of our respective hospitals because prayer alone can help. In addition, filipinos are extremely devout in praying, look what happened? Did the so called divine providence helped them by being merciful and not subject them to this kind of calamity?
Knowing the PH government officials track record of corruption, most of the relief goods would likely be pocketed by local PH politicians, their relatives and respective cronies in the industry. Giving more or less does not matter at all. The victims will only receive 10% of the total relief given. As their marketing PR says, It is More Fun in the Philippines.


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