Commentary: A friend in need is a friend indeed

10:57, August 30, 2010      

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Flood brings not only death and suffering, but also a chance to exemplify the true meaning of friendship, which is all about trust and care.

Suffering from severe landslides itself, China does not forget the floods ordeal that its close friend Pakistan is undergoing.

At a time when the flood-hit Pakistanis desperately need a helping hand, China spares no efforts in providing them with timely assistance, sending rescue teams to the country's worst-hit regions, not to mention the at least 120 million yuan (17.7 million U.S. dollars) worth of humanitarian supplies it has already offered.

Now, Chinese rescuers are leaving their footprints throughout the length of the country -- from the southern city of Thatta to the northern Hunza region where more than 20,000 Pakistanis remain stranded.

A 55-member Chinese rescue team, which used only three days to get ready to depart, has become the first foreign rescue and relief team to reach Thatta, one of the worst-hit regions in Pakistan, which is in dire need of help.

"We trust Chinese doctors and we've been waiting for you..." Words from local Pakistanis in Thatta can best testify the brotherhood between the two countries.

A true friend is the one who can not only become the first to help you but also help you with great care and compassion.

To provide the Pakistanis with the most considerate assistance, the Chinese rescue team specially recruited 15 female medical workers who could take better care of the female victims in the flood-hit Islamic nation.

It is not that hard for China to know about what Pakistan now really needs as the country itself is suffering from massive mudslides in its northwestern Gansu Province, which caused at least 1,435 deaths, with 330 people still missing.

"Misfortune tests the sincerity of a friendship. China is the first to provide aid when Pakistan was hit by the floods. We are especially moved because China itself is suffering from natural disasters," Niamatula Khan, an official of the National Disaster Management Authority, said.

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said Pakistan would have provided humanitarian aid to China if it weren't for the floods, which have killed at least 1,600 people and destroyed 900,000 homes in Pakistan.

"The mutual help between Pakistan and China is always sincere. We never ask for much from each other...We are the true brothers," he said.

Source: Xinhua

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