David Fullbrook: China, the new kid on the charity block

From the IHT: In terms of overall giving, China is still far from the top of the international league tables. In the days after the tsunami, Beijing pledged $62 million and added $20 million more at the Jakarta aid summit a week later. Donations from ordinary Chinese come to about $35 million… But the seeming […]

China to conduct all DNA tests on Thai tsunami victims

China will conduct the DNA testing on Tsunami victims in Thailand, according to this report by the TNA: “Today Mrs. Sudarat said that Thailand would accept the Chinese offer as a gesture of friendship between the two nations, noting that China had also sent medical teams and rescue workers to help with the tsunami relief […]

Power Play in tsunami’s wake

In Asia Times, Siddharth Srivastava writes about the regional power struggles behind the giving of aid to tsunami victims by governments: “Tragedy notwithstanding, the tsunami strike has witnessed nations flexing their presence to provide relief to the victims, but behind it all a power game is also being played over who calls the shots and […]

China’s Rich, Poor Make Tsunami Donations

From AP Wire: “From farmers to millionaires, Chinese from all walks of life are digging deep into their pockets to help victims of Southeast Asia’s devastating earthquake and tsunamis in one of the country’s largest fund-raising efforts in recent history. Nine days after the Dec. 26 disaster struck, 25 million yuan ($3 million) in cash […]

China boosts fast-growing tsunami disaster fund

As the world mourns the victims of Asia’s tsunami disaster, China has announced that they will contribute 60.5 million in relief funds. According to AFP: “China added 60.5 million dollars to the half billion dollars pledged by the world’s rich nations. China’s politically significant donation was the third biggest so far from any national government […]

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