Typhoon Haiyan Aftermath and Reconstruction
Thomson Reuters Foundation's humanitarian news service brings you latest news, aid agency updates, pictures, videos and blogs about the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
3rd & 7 37yd
3rd & 7 37yd
Emma Batha @TR_Foundation 11/12/2013 5:39:35 PMCould China's meagre aid to the Philippines dent its image? China's government has promised $100,000 in aid to Manila, along with another $100,000 through the Chinese Red Cross - far less than pledged by other economic heavyweights.
The United States is providing $20 million and sending an aircraft carrier. Japan has offered $10 million and is sending an emergency relief team, while Australia has donated $9.6 million.
China is a growing investor in Southeast Asia, but its assertiveness in pressing its claim to the disputed South China Sea has strained ties with the Philippines.
"The Chinese leadership has missed an opportunity to show its magnanimity," says Joseph Cheng, a political science professor at the City University of Hong Kong. "While still offering aid to the typhoon victims, it certainly reflects the unsatisfactory state of relations (with Manila)."
Even China's state-run Global Times newspaper, known for its nationalistic editorial views, expressed concern. "China, as a responsible power, should participate in relief operations to assist a disaster-stricken neighbouring country, no matter whether it's friendly or not," the paper said in a commentary. "China's international image is of vital importance to its interests. If it snubs Manila this time, China will suffer great losses."
A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said China would consider more aid as the situation developed, but did not say why Beijing had offered less than other countries.
Astrid Zweynert @TR_Foundation 11/12/2013 5:47:34 PM"Millions of families have had their lives torn apart by Typhoon Haiyan. They have lost
everything and desperately need help now," said UN Under-Secretary-General
for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos."I am concerned that there are thousands of people who need help that we have not
been able to reach. The scale of the destruction is shocking. We must make
every effort to reach people."Amos arrived in the Philippines today and will travel to Tacloban tomorrow, a UN statement said.