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Chinese military's rescue operation wins praise from international media

(China Military Online)

08:51, April 24, 2013

BEIJING, April 23, (ChinaMil) --- After the "April 20" 7.0- magnitude earthquake occurred in Lushan county, southwest China's Sichuan province, the international public opinion highly concerned about the rescue operation carried out by the Chinese military and made positive comments prevalently.

Comments on Chinese military's "rapid response" in rushing to disaster areas

The U.S. Wall Street Journal, German radio broadcast station and other media held that the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) was very fast in its swift rush and rescue after the disaster.

Japan's Jiji news agency reported that after the disaster happened, thousands of personnel from the Chinese PLA and the Chinese People's Armed Police Force (APF) quickly entered the first line of rescue and relief at the first moment. Such quick response was indeed "surprising".

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) stated that due to the previous disaster relief experience from the Wenchuan earthquake in 2008, relevant Chinese departments were much faster in response than in the past.

The website of The Australian published an article stating that the Chinese government has mobilized a rescue contingent composed of thousands of people, including military servicemen and medical staff, to reach the earthquake-hit areas and provide disaster relief. A large number of emergency rescue materials, such as mechanic equipment, tents, blankets and other supplies, were also organized for delivery.

Many media believed that the PLA's fast and effective rescue operation will largely reduce the casualties of the people in the disaster areas.

Praise of Chinese military's "full commitment" to saving lives

The BBC reported that the Chinese rescue teams struggled to reach the faraway mountain villages in Sichuan province, and military servicemen spent all night searching for the villagers and rescuing the wounded.

The U.S. Washington Post reported that fire engines and military trucks carrying large quantities of supplies lined up on the main roads leading to Lushan county.

The Russian International News Agency (RIA Novosti) stated that China's disaster relief work is currently carried out urgently in the earthquake disaster area. The search and rescue personnel are trying "by all means" to search any signs of life in the ruins.

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