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Post time 2013-11-20 19:45:31 |Display all floors

The first batch of China's emergency medical assistance team to the Philippines will set off on Wednesday for disaster relief, said a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman.

China has also offered to send its hospital ship, the Peace Ark, to the country's areas hardly ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei. The 300-bed ship would be sent as soon as possible, once the Philippines gives the green light.

Emergency humanitarian relief such as tents and blankets provided by China have arrived and been handed over to the Philippines on Monday and Tuesday, said Hong.

Hong said China is keeping a close watch on the typhoon disaster in the Philippines and would like to follow the spirit of healing the wounded and rescuing the dying and send the rescuers for humanitarian medical assistances.

The death toll claimed by Typhoon Haiyan has increased to 3,982, according the Philippine government on Tuesday. The number of injured also rose to 18,267 and 1,602 more remain missing, said the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of the Phillipines.

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Post time 2013-11-21 11:39:11 |Display all floors
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I am very happy that China has taken up the challenge of saving the survivors of super typhoon Haiyan from starvation, sickness and exposure to the elements.  This is the way Confucius would have acted.  We should not do unto others (ignore their plight) what we do not want others to do unto ourselves.

Let this be the beginning of China's Long March to peace in Asia.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.

Let the journey begin.

Zheng He, let's go!!!

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Post time 2013-11-23 14:14:54 |Display all floors

An opportunity to build goodwill, although nobody can foresee how far that can go.

A danger to deepen hostility, though no one can say how bad it could get.

Surprisingly, after Japan announced it would help the Philippines, it took its own good time and delayed sending its SDF to the Philippines until after China started sending its medical teams.

This gives China the chance to play catch-up.  Japan did not play its hand well either.  Those who arrived early are now two weeks into the rescue operation, and are exhausted, physicially and mentally.   And the prompt pledges turned out to be prolonged delays in help reaching the victims, who once were elated, but now are unhappy and frustrated.

These are what the people need - based on common sense:

1.  Charcoal, matches, pots, pans, plates, spoons, forks, knives.
2.  Corrugated metal roofs, plywood, hammers, nails, screws, screwdrivers, hand saws, and 2x4 wood beams.
3.  Two types of antibiotics, anti-diarrheals, and cough medicines.
4.  Instant noodles.  This is the best way to have clean cooked meals and boiled water, using cheap charcoal.
5.  Water drums to catch the rain (thank heavens there is rain).
6.  PVC pipes, valves, and hoses.
7.  Clothes for men, women, children, and infants, three apiece.
8.  Multivitamin pills, ten per head, one time deal.
9.  Lots of smiles and handshakes.
10.  Learn to speak their native language and to give comfort to the needy.

And remember, you are all ambassadors of China, every one from the top to the bottom.  Be calm, be courteous, and be competent.

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Post time 2013-11-23 16:55:47 |Display all floors
Eventually !

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