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China ready to send rescue teams to Philippines

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:57 a.m. HST, Nov 17, 2013

BEIJING >>China said Sunday (Saturday in Hawaii) it is ready to send rescue and medical teams to the Philippines, in a belated offer coming more than a week after a devastating typhoon struck the island nation.

The proposal made in a statement on the Foreign Ministry's website follows an extremely modest pledge of less than $2 million in disaster assistance made last week.

The small offering has been attributed to spite over a festering dispute with Manila over South China Sea islands claimed by both sides. China, which has the world's second largest economy, claims the entire sea and its island groups and has been enraged by Manila's robust defense of what it says long been Philippine territory.

Views expressed on the Chinese Internet have argued strongly against aiding the Philippines, despite the potential damage to China's hopes of being regarded as a responsible regional and possibly global leader.

In the statement, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei was quoted as saying Saturday that China was monitoring conditions in the Philippines and the emergency teams would depart for the hardest hit areas "should conditions permit."

There was no immediate indication whether the aid teams were preparing to depart or whether the Philippine government had accepted the Chinese offer.

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Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
How generous of the Chinese. This is a doubling of the $1 Million in aid they sent to Haiti in the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake they suffered a few years back. How very, very generous coming from the world's second largest economy. I'm speechless.
on November 17,2013 | 07:45AM
mitt_grund wrote:
But the average Chinese worker makes about $500 a month. Minimum wage earners are drastically lower.

"As of 1 May 2013, the highest monthly minimum wage was in Shanghai (1,620 yuan/$270), closely followed by Shenzhen (1,600 yuan/$266). The lowest minimum wage was in the central province of Anhui (1,010 yuan/$168)." "...Beijing tops the list of employees' salary with an average monthly pay of 4672 yuan ($730) among the 23 provinces and larger cities..."

So, although the economy is booming, it is clear that it is going to the small 1% of the Chinese super-rich, just like in the USA.. What's that saying? Charity begins at home? And the typhoon/hurricane hit just as the central committee was convening it's 10-year plan convocation which just finished two days ago

Source: www.chinadaily.com.

on November 17,2013 | 08:26AM
aomohoa wrote:
No one is asking the person making $500 a month to contribute. The government can afford it. It's to bad they had to shamed into doing something. How would they like it if no one wanted to help them in a disaster??
on November 17,2013 | 08:39AM
Benibiker wrote:
Hard as it may be, I try very hard not to buy Chinese made products. Now I'll try even harder!
on November 17,2013 | 08:07AM
mitt_grund wrote:
Guess that means giving up a whole bunch of everyday items. Can only assume that you don't own any iPod, iPad, or iPhone products. Or don't buy much in the way of clothes or shoes.
on November 17,2013 | 08:38AM
aomohoa wrote:
It's not easy. I'll order something on Amazon and it will say made in China when I get it. I definitely don't like to by food or pet food products from China ever.
on November 17,2013 | 08:40AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
If I were the phillippines...I woundn't hold my breath....
on November 17,2013 | 02:11PM
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