Knox Church in Christchurch, New Zealand, after the deadly earthquake. By Sharon Davis.
Just in from Down Under. Chinese Ambassador to New Zealand Xu Jianguo has said he’s indicated “many times” to the New Zealand government to provide extra compensation to the parents of the seven Chinese students killed in the recent Christchurch earthquake on the basis that they have lost their sole offspring and future breadwinner because of the one-child policy.
Chinese embassy official Cheng Lei went on Radio New Zealand to complain that the government’s Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) scheme was “a little bit too small”. He added, “There is a very notable difference in terms of the family situation between the Chinese family members and other foreign family members. You can expect how lonely, how desperate they are, not only from losing loved ones but losing almost entirely their source of economic assistance after retirement.”
New Zealand’s tertiary education minister, Stephen Joyce, has already offered the Chinese embassy a polite middle finger, saying it would be “difficult under law to allow a special payout to Chinese families as parents in many other nations had also suffered”.
The right question to ask the Chinese Embassy in New Zealand right now would be, “How much extra compensation did your country provide for the families that lost their only child in the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, or more recently, the Yingjiang earthquake?”