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Mainland has turned down Taiwan's offer to send a rescue team to quake-hit Yushu, just as it did after Sichuan earthquake two years ago. is that because that the mainland really have enough manpower to finish the work or because of it wants to save face? It also rejected offers from countries in the world. It accepted Japanese and some other nations rescue teams in Sichuan quake, they why not Taiwan team?|
south china morning post
Taiwan is ready to send 23 rescuers to the mainland to join the search for survivors of the Qinghai quake, as well as a cash donation.
"A team of 23 rescuers is standing by, ready to head to the mainland," Jonathan Liu Te-shun, vice-chairman of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council, said yesterday.
Taiwan's National Fire Agency ordered the formation of a search-and-rescue team on Wednesday, immediately after reports that thousands of people were trapped and buried by the 7.1 magnitude quake, he said. "The team could depart in four hours upon notice by the mainland," Liu said.
Taiwan's semi-official Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) sent a letter to its mainland counterpart, the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (Arats), offering the rescue team and medical supplies.
In its response yesterday, Arats said the mainland had enough manpower for the search-and-rescue efforts. "If we need help in the future, we will talk to SEF," it said.
It turned down a similar offer after the devastating quake that hit Sichuan two years ago.
There were other offers to send rescue teams to Qinghai from countries including the United States, Japan and Russia. Mainland officials expressed appreciation but indirectly declined the offers.
Liu said the Taiwanese team would continue to stand by in case the mainland needed help. He said no Taiwanese were reported to have been trapped in the quake-hit area, and the SEF had been able to contact Taiwanese businessmen working or living nearby.
He said SEF vice-chairman Kao Koong-lian, who recently led a delegation to Shaanxi, was negotiating with Arats to see if there was anything else Taiwan could offer, including monetary and relief supplies.
Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou and the island's premier, Wu Den-yih, both expressed their condolences and offered to send food, medical and other relief aid.
The Taiwan Red Cross donated US$100,000 yesterday to the mainland's Red Cross. It also launched a fund-raising drive and called on the Taiwanese public to make contributions for the needy on the mainland.
It set up a 30-member search team with medical knowledge, ready to leave for Yushu if a request was received from its mainland counterpart.