In the wake of some rather embarrassing reports about China skimping out on aid to the Philippines, China’s president stepped up on Wednesday and offered his sincere condolences to the victims in the Philippines, Xinhua reports, after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan left an estimated 10,000 people dead.
Xi Jinping on Wednesday expressed his belated condolences on behalf of the Chinese people to Benigno Aquino III and to people of the Philippines who suffered. The president also offered his best wishes for the people of the Philippines in overcoming the disaster and in successfully rebuilding their homes after the devastation.
The Chinese government announced that it would be providing emergency humanitarian assistance to the Philippine government to help people affected by the storm, Xinhua also reported yesterday. Tents, towels and other relief supplies are to be flown out to the Philippines from China.
Update: Global Times reports that the amount of aid being sent to the Philippines by the Chinese government will amount to 10 million yuan.
China will offer 10 million yuan ($1.64 million) worth of relief supplies to the Philippines after the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday.
The announcement came after controversy over China’s initial offer on Monday of just $100,000 of monetary aid.
The relief goods, including blankets and tents, will be able to help thousands of people suffering from the disaster in the Philippines, foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said at a regular press briefing on Wednesday.