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China Increases Typhoon Aid to Philippines

Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan walk amid ruins of their homes in Maraboth, Philippines, Nov. 14, 2013.
Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan walk amid ruins of their homes in Maraboth, Philippines, Nov. 14, 2013.
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China is increasing the amount of its relief aid to the typhoon-hit Philippines, days after it offered an initial donation much smaller than that of other global powers.

Foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Thursday that Beijing would send $1.6 million in additional aid to the Philippines.

"Several days ago we also decided to send 10 million RMB ($1.64 million) worth of humanitarian aid, including tents and blankets, to the Philippine people in the disaster zone. These include thousands of tents and hundreds of thousands of blankets," she said.

Earlier this week, the Beijing government, along with the Chinese Red Cross, pledged $200,000 in aid to the Philippines, which is struggling to deal with the aftermath of one of its worst natural disasters in decades.

That figure was significantly less than the aid offered by other nations. By comparison, Japan has offered $10 million in aid. Australia has donated $9.6 million. The United States, meanwhile, has given $20 million and its military is helping lead a massive relief effort.

Earlier this week, China's foreign ministry refused to say whether its aid packages were being influenced by Beijing's worsening territorial dispute with the Philippines.

The Philippines has accused China of using its rising military power to aggressively defend disputed areas in the energy-rich South China Sea. Last year, Chinese and Philippine ships were involved in a weeks-long standoff at the disputed Scarborough Shoal, an uninhabited archipelago.

An article in the Communist Party-controlled Global Times on Tuesday said the dispute should have nothing to do with China's decision to send relief aid to the Philippines. The paper said China's global image is of "vital importance" and warned of "great losses" if Beijing snubs Manila.

Thousands of people are feared dead after Typhoon Haiyan swept across the central Philippines late last week. The storm later moved to southern China, where it killed at least seven people.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
November 14, 2013 11:12 AM
Great move of CCP.
Filipino ppl are innocent. We should help them in front of the natural disaster even the stupid Filipino government is causing all the troubles with China.
South China Sea belongs to Taiwan, China and all Chinese, Philipine back off!
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by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
November 15, 2013 9:32 AM
Danielle, Google how far Guam is away from US, how far Falkland island is away from British, How far Polinicia is from France.
Democratic Taiwan also claim the whole South China Sea and Diaoyu island!
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by: Danielle
November 15, 2013 7:03 AM
It's really sad for us when people said that. Have you seen the maps? The disputed islands are just miles above the mainland of the Philippines. While it is very far from China!! It is within the Phils economic zone! It's part of our country. So many Filipinos are living there then just around three years ago, China claimed it? Do you even know how we the Filipinos felt? This argument is shitty. We are win in whatever corner and the Chinese govt knows it! That's why they are declining to do this in the UN court because they have no solid evidence in legal or historical way. They just blatantly claimed one day that they own those islands! That is the truth!!!
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by: j from: usa
November 15, 2013 3:26 AM
This truely shows what China will do if no one is watching. They want to own all of the world's resources and brotherly love is not in their culture. The world world is not fooled. Chinese citizens want freedom, but they are scared of their own government. They are even censored on what they can view on the internet, like what parents do to children in free nations.
     

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