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China Aid to Philippines

Thursday, November 14, 2013

A girl pauses while washing clothes amongst the debris in an area devastated by Typhoon Haiyan on November 12, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. (Dondi Tawatao/Getty)

China has promised $1.6million in aid to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan (this after receiving criticism for their initial pledge of only $200,000). Jane Perlez, chief diplomatic correspondent in the Beijing bureau of The New York Times, discusses the effort on the part of China and what it means about their role in the region and as a global superpower.

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Comments [9]

Sanaa Rahman from New York

I was disappointed by today's discussion and both participant's lack of historical facts regarding China's humanitarian history. I have a unique perspective being from Pakistan but born and raised in the Philippines, two countries on either side of China. While I think the political tensions with the Philippines seems to be playing a large part in the embarrassingly small amount of aid pledged to the island nation, during the catastrophic floods in Pakistan in 2010, China immediately sent $5m of aid followed by a massive pledge of ~$250m dollars. This was the largest amount China has ever given in aid. This year, in September, when an earthquake decimated Pakistan's western region of Balochistan, China immediately sent $5m in aid. The US has also given huge amounts of aid in all of these crises (no doubt both nations are politically motivated) but it is disappointing to see a such a lack of preparation by both Brian and his guest in Beijing to say China is a country without much of a history of disaster relief. Also, to dismiss China's actions as politically motivated is fair but shows a double standard in implying that the US's aid efforts in many regions such as Pakistan is also not politically motivated and driven by a desire to improve the global image of the nation. whatever the motivation, i hope both superpowers keep up the giving!

Nov. 14 2013 02:06 PM
Schmulick from Queens

How about Israel helping the Palestinians in the west bank and gaza by turning the other cheek like that fusion Judeo Christian Rabbi, Jesus of Nazareth said .... oh I forgot .. in that case it's the "eye for an eye" passage

"God helps those who help themselves"... perhaps the Chinese just choose different "Judeo-Christian " values ... don't succor up to the majority to make a point !

The Aquino government does not seemed to have prepared for this disaster even though they knew it was coming
There are some extremely rich capitalists in the Philippines as well .. if Cuba is able to manage these disasters ( even thou this is a cat 6 storm ... why can't the Philippines do a better job ...

Nov. 14 2013 01:59 PM
Patrick from Manhattan

"Obama like mean spiritedness" what hole did this joker crawl out from ?

Nov. 14 2013 01:50 PM
henry from md

Israel sent off a relief force including over two hundred medical personnel,a field hospital etc. There has been no mention of this anywhere on the media. In the face of non-stop reports on the Israel-Palestine issue no one has reported on this life saving effort. Why?

Nov. 14 2013 12:18 PM
cqsot from Brooklyn

There is a huge Filipino Chinese community in the Philippines, many tracing their ancestry going back centuries, and for sure, they were affected in Leyte and Samar, the hardest hit islands. I grew up with many of them. The stinginess is remarkable but I double that Filipino Chinese would identify with the Chinese government especially in times like these. The relations between the two countries is much more complex than being sketched out by your segment's framing of the issue, including historical racial tensions that your segment was, perhaps unknowingly, baiting. Nobody in Southeast Asia would be surprised at this lack of generosity by the Chinese government; they will look out for their own interests and the awfulness surrounding the South China Sea issue is foremost in everyone's awareness.

Nov. 14 2013 10:36 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I wonder what the projected effects of global climate disruption/sea level rise on China's own coastline are? There's at least 1 major city (Shanghai) there.

Nov. 14 2013 10:30 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

The typical anti-American animus of the first caller was pathetic.
China is showing almost Obama-like mean spiritedness in using its political animosity against Manilla to deny humanitarian aid.

Nov. 14 2013 10:19 AM
Alex. (in Park Slope) Barbier from Park Slope

Did someone just come to the defense of China by countering with China's "aid" to Sub-Sahara? While it's a well-known fact that China's "aid" in Africa and wherever it be so far, is nothing more than slick and cynical investments, let's look at real "aid", in the Philippines: 1.6 M from 1B people, that's less than a penny a head, and less than 3 pennies per Chinese family. How many grains of rice would that cover? And I bet clean water is more expensive, per pound. Shame on China, cynical, cheap, and exploitative as ever!
yes, the Philippines aren't exactly China's natural ally, but so what? What is the meaning, to China, of "noblesse oblige"?

Nov. 14 2013 10:14 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Well, China and the Philippines have a dispute over some rocks in the ocean that may or may not have some hydrocarbons underneath. But China is still mostly out for itself, naturally, and does not see itself as the cop on the beat like the US does. American style philanthropy is primarily a Judeo-Christian value, not necessarily a universal one. In many societies, people don't feel any moral compunction to have to help anyone else in trouble.

Nov. 14 2013 10:10 AM

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