Amid media reports that Nepal has been selling rice donated by China in the aftermath of last year’s earthquake, China has since stepped forward to deny that they donated any rice in the first place.
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal last year was a tragedy, but China stepped forward to help right away. Baidu campaigned to digitally restore relics and doctors performed hundreds of operations. But one thing they didn’t do, is send relief rice.
Three days ago, AFP reported that Nepal is selling relief rice donated by Bangladesh and China. “Dhaka and Beijing donated around 11,200 metric tons, only 20 per cent of which was distributed by the government to quake victims,” they stated.
The Chinese Consulate in Nepal later issued a statement in response. They didn’t express outrage, or disbelief, but rather confusion: in the relief packages that we sent, rice wasn’t included.
The Consulate further stated, “Bangladesh and India donated the rice because it’s easier for them to transport there. Relief supplies from China to Nepal were transported by plane and we didn’t send rice.”
What the Chinese government did send, however, was 20 million RMB as well as tents, blankets and electricity generators.
Whether or not China donated rice, the problems on the ground are still very serious for those affected by the quake. 4 million people still live in temporary shelters and people are at risk of food shortage.
By Sarah Lin
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