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Foreign Nations Offer Aid to Quake-Hit China

  More countries offer aid to China

  Several more countries have offered aid to China whose southwestern Sichuan Province was hit by a massive earthquake on Monday.

  Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz has decided to donate 50 million U.S. dollars in cash and 10 million dollars worth of relief materials.

  British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that his country will provide to China 1 million pounds (about 2 million U.S.) in aid.

  German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said his government will provide a first instalment of 500,000 euros (800,000 U.S. dollars) in aid to the German Red Cross to help China in its relief work.

  Also, the Polish Foreign Ministry announced aid worth 100,000 U.S. dollars for China's quake-stricken people.

  U.S. delivers aid of 500,000 dollars to China's quake-hit areas

  The U.S. embassy to China, on behalf of the U.S. government, Wednesday handed over 500,000 U.S. dollars of cash to the Red Cross Society of China for quake relief in southwestern China.

  The White House announced Tuesday that the United States would provide 500,000 dollars in initial aid to China over the devastating quake.

  Russia sends humanitarian aid to quake-hit China

  Russia delivered Wednesday its second batch of humanitarian aid to China where a devastating earthquake has claimed nearly 15,000 lives in its southwestern Sichuan province, local media reported.

  A cargo plane from the Emergency Ministry took off here Wednesday evening, carrying some 30 tons of aid to the quake-hit areas.

  The first batch of aid arrived at Chengdu, capital of the Sichuan province, earlier Wednesday.

  Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has sent a message of condolence to Chinese President Hu Jintao over the disastrous earthquake and expressed a willingness to offer humanitarian aid.

  Japan provides some $ 5 mln in aid to China

  The Japanese government has decided Tuesday to give 500 million yen (about 5 million U.S. dollars) of emergency grants in aid to China to support the earthquake disaster relief efforts, Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura announced in the evening.

  Komura said the Japanese government made the decision after receiving a request from Beijing, and will consider giving further aid if necessary.

  Earlier in the day, Komura and Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura also announced Japan's preparedness to provide rescue and medical assistance as well as aid such as food and tents to China's quake-hit areas.

  Disaster relief teams, medical teams comprised of doctors and nurses, dispatch of helicopters, and other forms of assistance are all on standby if necessary, the two ministers said.

  European countries provide financial, technical aid to China

  Several European countries have offered generous financial and technical aid to China over the deadly earthquake disaster on Monday.

  The British government will donate 1 million pounds (about 2 million U.S. dollars) in aid to help China fight the disaster, British Secretary of State for International Development Douglas Alexander announced on Wednesday.

  Ten British search and rescue volunteers with specialist search equipment are also flying to China to help in the disaster relief efforts, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported on Wednesday.

  Britain's non-governmental welfare organizations Save The Children UK and OXFAM have either sent teams to the disaster areas to help the locals or raised disaster relief funds for China.

  The Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID) announced Wednesday that it will give 1 million euros (about 1.6 million dollars) to help China cover the earthquake losses.

  The Belgian government also pledged extra relief funds to China on Wednesday, raising the total sum to 650,000 euros (1.04 million dollars).

  The Foreign Ministry of Greece, a quake-prone counry, has pledged to donate 200,000 euros (320,000 dollars) of emergency funds to China's disaster regions, and offered to share anti-earthquake experience with China.

  Vietnam financially helps Chinese earthquake victims

  The Vietnamese government has decided to donate 200,000 U.S. dollars to victims of a recent earthquake in China's southwestern Sichuan province, local newspaper Saigon Liberation reported Thursday.

  Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has tasked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to coordinate with relevant agencies to conduct the donation.

  Singapore to donate $200,000 for earthquake relief

  Singapore on Wednesday announced it will donate 200,000 U.S. dollars to the Chinese government in response to an appeal for foreign aid for the Sichuan earthquake victims.

  "The earthquake and aftershocks in Sichuan and other parts of southwest China have caused extensive damage, injury and loss of lives. In response to an appeal for foreign aid, the Singapore government will make a humanitarian contribution of 200,000 U.S. dollars to the People's Republic of China government," said a statement from Singapore's Foreign Ministry.

  Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday sent a condolence letter to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, saying "Singapore stands ready to help in any way possible", including sending its Disaster Assistance Rescue Teams, if China thinks they will be useful to its recovery work.

  Several Chinese communities in Singapore have also started to raise donations. The Tian fu Club, an association in Singapore for Sichuanese immigrants, has already collected more than 70,000 U.S. dollars.
 Source: Xinhua 

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