BEIJING, March 11 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Friday conveyed China's condolences to Japan over a massive earthquake and expressed willingness to offer help.
In a phone conversation with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, Wen said that on behalf of the Chinese government, he extended deep condolences to the Japanese government and people.
China is ready to provide Japan with necessary assistance to deal with the aftermath of the devastating natural disaster, he said.
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi also offered condolences in a phone conversation with his Japanese counterpart Takeaki Matsumoto.
Dozens of deaths and extensive devastation have been reported since the earthquake, measuring 8.9 magnitude on the Richter scale, hit northeastern Japan on Friday afternoon and triggered a massive tsunami in the Pacific Ocean.