China's ministries, agencies willing to offer aid to Japan

15:20, March 16, 2011      

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All social circles in China have stretched out helping hands after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake rattled Japan last week. According to sources, various Chinese ministries and agencies have expressed their willingness to offer assistance to Japan.

Chen Zhu, minister of the Ministry of Health, sent a letter to Japan’s Ritsuo Hosokawa, minister of labor, health and welfare, saying China is standing ready to provide Japan with any necessary health and medical aid.

Officials from the News Services Department under the Ministry of Defense said on March 15 that defense minister Liang Guanglie conveyed his condolences in a message to Japanese Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa. He said that the Chinese army is willing to offer quake-relief materials and send medical, rescue or disease prevention teams or a hospital ship to the quake zone as soon as possible to participate in the disaster relief.

On March 15, the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) again decided to offer 5 million yuan of emergency aid to the quake-hit areas to support the relief work of the Japanese Red Cross Society.

In addition, the RCSC also urgently launched efforts into tracking missing persons. Based on the current situation in the quake-hit areas and the demand for missing persons tracking, the RCSC and various local branches also launched two free services on March 14, namely a website tracking service and the "Family Link Reunite" program, which focuses on helping Chinese to track missing persons in the disasters.

By People's Daily Online

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