China to continue providing support to flood-hit Pakistan: FM

10:48, September 20, 2010      

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Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi (front R) attends a high-level ministerial meeting on Pakistan held at the UN headquarters in New York Sept. 19, 2010. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)
China will continue to provide support to flood-hit Pakistan to meet the humanitarian needs of the people and help with its reconstruction, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi saidSunday.

"The Chinese government will continue to provide within the realm of its capability support to the resettlement and reconstruction in Pakistan," Yang told a high-level ministerial meeting on Pakistan held at the UN headquarters in New York.

Yang said China stood firmly with Pakistan during this difficult period and extended various forms of assistance.

Immediately after the floods happened, the Chinese government airlifted the first batch of relief material to Islamabad and later increased the amount of assistance several times, Yang said.

China has announced a total of 320 million yuan (some 47.6 million U.S. dollars) of assistance, 120 million yuan (some 17.8 million U.S. dollars) of which has already been delivered in the form of relief supplies. The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has provided 10 million yuan (1.5 million U.S. dollars) of relief supplies to the Pakistan military.

The Chinese international search and rescue team has sent two successive groups to the hard-hit area in southern Pakistan. The Chinese PLA has also sent medical personnel and helicopters to help with the relief efforts, Yang said.

Besides, the Red Cross Society of China, local governments, NGO, the public and Chinese enterprises in Pakistan have all made donations in cash or in kind, the total value amounts to some 40 million yuan (some 6 million U.S. dollars).

Facts have shown that China and Pakistan are true friends sharing weal and woe, Yang said.


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