On Tuesday, Japan thanked China after a Chinese Navy supply vessel helped to evacuate a stranded Japanese tourist from war-torn Yemen. In related news, hell is now one giant ice skating rink.
The historic statement was made by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga: “We have conveyed our gratitude to Chinese government.” Doesn’t that just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?
According to Japan Times, the Japanese tourist had become stranded on Yemen’s super cool Socotra Island. The Japanese government had not even requested that China help to evacuate the tourist, but out of the goodness of their own hearts, the Japanese citizen was taken to Oman along with nine Chinese nationals on the Chinese Navy ship Weishanhu.
In total China evacuated some 279 foreign nationals from 15 different countries from Yemen, along with 629 Chinese citizens. Xinhua was quick to give the successful evacuations the praise that they deserve, lauding China’s incredible humanitarian spirit and christening the heroic navy vessels modern “Noah’s Arks.”
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) April 8, 2015
Xinhua interviewed the Chinese Ambassador to Yemen, Tian Qi, who echoed the monumental importance of this operation saying that “the successful evacuation mission reflects a significant growth in China’s comprehensive national power” as well as demonstrating China’s “spirit of internationalism and humanitarianism.”
International praise for China’s magnanimous spirit from around the globe. With foreign ministries of Germany, Poland, and Pakistan also voicing their gratitude. When we look back, we will mark this as the moment that China first took the lead on the global stage.
Of course it’s the love and friendship of the common man that matter the most to China:
“The air strikes in Yemen really scared all of us,” said Usaca Perera, a Sri Lankan who served as the liaison person coordinating the evacuation of more than 40 Sri Lankan citizens.
In Yemen, Perera said he had also asked for help from another country which had plans to evacuate its citizens. “They simply turned us down and did not show the least care about our lives,” Perera said.
“But China is totally different. After receiving our request, Chinese diplomats immediately contacted us and treated us in the same way as Chinese citizens,” he said.”It’s so reassuring to have a powerful China as our friend. On behalf of my compatriots, I thank the Chinese government.”
Meanwhile, judging from this account from a Pakistani girl, the Chinese Navy might be able to start offering international cruise options for some extra income:
“I love this boat. The soldiers are kind,” said Areel, a 12-year-old Pakistani girl. “It’s the first time that I am traveling by boat from country to country. It’s so exciting.”
“I feel so comfortable with what they have done on the ship. They provide us not only with food and necessities, but also entertainment. I didn’t expect this. It is so nice to get to know Chinese people. Thank you, China,” she said.
Because of the conflict in Yemen, Japan has thanked China, India has thanked Pakistan, and Poland has thanked Russia. Somehow, the nation of Yemen has now become a strong contender for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
Seriously though, good job China!
by Alex Linder
[Images via Xinhua & China News]