Tsunami aid underscores China’s new-found influence

From Reuters, Benjamin Kang Lim reported: “China’s aid pledge to ’s tsunami victims, its largest ever for a humanitarian crisis, is a bid to expand its influence in the region where its diplomatic might has lagged its transformation into an economic powerhouse.

Premier Wen Jiabao, who arrived on Wednesday for a tsunami summit in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, last week offered 500 million yuan ($60.42 million) in aid for tsunami-ravaged countries on top of $2.6 million already pledged.”

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