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UPDATED: 18:24, January 25, 2005
China donates 1 billion yuan to tsunami-hit countries: FM spokesman
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China has donated more than 1 billion yuan (about 122 million US dollars) to the tsunami-hit countries so far, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan Tuesday.

Among the donation, more than 700 million yuan (85.4 million US dollars) was from the Chinese government and about 374 million yuan (45.6 million US dollars) was from the general public, said Kong at a regular news briefing.

Half of the donations will reach the tsunami-affected countries by the end of this month, he added.

Besides financial aid, China has also dispatched medicare and rescue teams to the tsunami-hit countries, said Kong. The State Seismological Bureau has sent 69 people in two teams to Indonesia's Banda Aceh to help treat patients and rebuild hospitals. The Health Ministry has sent three groups to Indonesia, Thailand and Sri Lanka, and the fourth group left here Tuesday for Banda Aceh.

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