By Yu Zhixiao, Zhang Hua
BEIJING, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- China, with fresh memories of the 2008 devastating earthquake in its southwestern region, promptly sent emergency relief to quake-stricken Haiti, showing its full sympathism and winning wide acclaim.
Shortly after the Haitian quake, Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao instructed related departments to get ready for providing assistance.
A group of Chinese personnel greet the rescue and relief goods from China at the airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Jan. 17, 2010. The goods weigh about 90 tons, and are worth about 13 million Chinese yuan(about 1.9 million U.S. dollars), including drugs, tents, portable lamps, water purifying equipments, food and water, and clothing. (Xinhua/Xing Guangli)
A 60-member Chinese rescue team has been combing the debris for traces of life in Port-au-Prince, capital of Haiti, where they arrived early Thursday. The team on Friday set up a medical assistance station, the first by a foreign rescue team.
The Chinese people share the feelings of the Haitians partly because memories of the magnitude-8.0 quake that hit Wenchuan, Sichuan province, in 2008 are still fresh.
"Because of Wenchuan, Haiti is not far away from us," one Chinese netizen wrote.
After that quake, China received assistance from across the world. This time, China, still feeling grateful, extends its helping hand to the Haitians.
In a latest move, a Chinese cargo plane carrying 90 tons of emergency humanitarian aid for Haiti took off from Beijing on Saturday.
The relief supplies included tents, stretchers, food, medicine, clothing and water purifying equipment. They were the first batch of a 30-million-yuan (4.41-million-U.S.-dollar) relief package announced by the Chinese government.
To the Haitians, China's immediate assistance sends a reassuring message that they are not alone in their struggle to cope with the catastrophe.
Meanwhile, China's swift reaction also attracted wide attention and praise.
Japan's Sankei Shimbun daily said it was remarkable that China displayed unprecedented rapid reaction ability as the Chinese rescue team was the first one to arrive in Haiti. The newspaper also lauded Chinese netizens' humanitarian sentiment.
Both the Voice of America and the Christian Science Monitor noted that the absence of a diplomatic relationship didn't hinder China's assistance to Haiti.
China active in disaster relief in quake-hit Haiti
BEIJING, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- China has been engaged in a flurry of efforts to help Haitians and Chinese nationals after the Caribbean island country Haiti was battered by a devastating earthquake on Tuesday.
Immediately after the quake was reported, Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao ordered related Chinese departments to be prepared for assistance. Full story
Chinese rescuers provide much-needed medical assistance in Haiti
BEIJING, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- Being the only foreign rescue team to run medical-aid stations in quake-ravaged Haiti, Chinese rescuers are giving quake victims what they desperately need: medical assistance, team members told Xinhua via phone Saturday.
The China International Search and Rescue Team, arriving in Port-au-Prince at 2 a.m. local time on Jan. 14, opened the first medical assistance station at 8 p.m. the next day, said captain Hou Shike. Full story
China confirms death of all 8 Chinese police officers in Haiti quake
Chinese peacekeeping police salute to a vehicle carrying the last body of their buried colleague in Port-au-Prince, capital of Haiti, on Jan. 16, 2010. The bodies of all eight Chinese police officers who were buried during the Haiti quake had been found as of early Sunday morning Beijing time, the Ministry of Public Security said. (Xinhua/Yuan Man)
BEIJING, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- The bodies of all eight Chinese police officers buried under a collapsed building in the Haiti quake had been found as of early Sunday morning Beijing time, the Ministry of Public Security said.
The first body was found at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 16 Beijing time after more than 80 hours of search and rescue work, and the other seven were retrieved from 10:42 p.m. to 3:56 a.m. Jan. 17 under the joint efforts of the Chinese rescue team, the Chinese peacekeeping force in Haiti and several foreign rescue teams, the ministry's emergency response work team announced Sunday. Full story
China's rescue team finds one Chinese body in Haiti
Chinese rescuers observe a moment of silence to pay last respects to a dead Chinese colleague in quake-hit Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, on Jan. 16, 2010. Chinese rescue team found one dead Chinese body from the rubbles Saturday.(Xinhua/Yuan Man)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese body had been found among the rubble of a building here destroyed by Haiti's massive earthquake, Chinese rescue team leader Huang Jianfa said here early Saturday morning.
The body was found at 03:30 a.m. local time (0830 GMT) among the ruins of the collapsed building of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Full story
China's relief materials leave for quake-hit Haiti
BEIJING, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- A Boeing-747 jumbo jet carrying 90 tonnes of Chinese government's emergency humanitarian relief materials took off from Beijing Capital International Airport to quake-hit Haiti at 12:22 p.m. on Saturday.
Emergency humanitarian aid cargo is seen before being loaded on a plane at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, Jan. 16, 2010. A Boeing-747 jumbo jet carrying 90 tonnes of Chinese government's emergency humanitarian aid cargo took off from Beijing Capital International Airport to quake-hit Haiti at around 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, according to the Ministry of Commerce. (Xinhua/Chen Jianli)
The 13 million yuan (1.9 million U.S. dollars) quake-relief materials, including tents, stretchers, food, medicines, clothing and water purification equipment, is China's first batch of relief material to the Caribbean country. Full story
Chinese FM offers deep sympathy to victims in quake-hit Haiti
TOKYO, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechion Saturday extended condolences and deep sympathy to families of the victims in quake-hit Haiti.
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, is interviewed by Xinhua News Agency and China Central Television (CCTV) in Tokyo, capital of Japan, Jan. 16, 2010. Yang is in Japan for the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC). (Xinhua/Ren Zhenglai)
"We feel great regret over the heavy casualties and enormous damage to properties caused by the major earthquakes in Haiti," said Yang in an interview with Xinhua and China Central Television(CCTV). Full story
Chances slim for survival of 8 Chinese officers in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Hopes of survival are dwindling for eight Chinese police officers trapped under rubble in Port-au-Prince, chief of the Chinese rescue team said Friday.
The Chinese rescue team was doing everything possible to speed up the search for the officers, hoping that miracles could happen, Huang Jianfa told Xinhua. Full story
Rescue continues for 8 Chinese police officers buried under Haitian quake debris
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Chinese rescuers were still looking for eight Chinese police officers buried under the debris of the devastating Haitian quake, a Chinese official said on Friday.
Chinese peacekeepers work on the remains of a building in Port-au-Prince, capital of Haiti, Jan. 15, 2010. (Xinhua/Xing Guangli)
A Chinese rescue team of over 60 members had been dispatched from home, and the Chinese peacekeeping police in Haiti were looking for the eight police officers buried under the local UN building, said Wang Shuping, Chinese business representative in Haiti. Full story
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