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PH donates P8.2-M to China

Posted On 2012 Oct 21
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President Benigno S. Aquino III converses with People’s Republic of China (PROC) Ministry of Foreign Affairs Vice Minister Fu Ying during the Courtesy Call at the President’s Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (October 19). Also in photo are PROC Ambassador to the Philippines Her Excellency Ma Keqing, PROC Ministry of Foreign Affairs Asian Department’s Deputy Director-General Hong Liang, Counselor Dai Qingli and Director Yin Haihong, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr., Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II and Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Oct 19 (Mabuhay) — Despite a simmering territorial row in the South China Sea, the Philippine government is donating US$200,000 (over P8.2 million) to the Chinese government after recent earthquakes hit China’s southwestern provinces of Yunnan and Guizhou.

President Benigno S. Aquino III greets People’s Republic of China (PROC) Ambassador to the Philippines Her Excellency Ma Keqing and PROC Ministry of Foreign Affairs Asian Department Deputy Director-General Hong Liang during the Courtesy Call of (PROC) Ministry of Foreign Affairs Vice Minister Fu Ying at the President’s Hall of the Malacañang Palace on Friday (October 19). (MNS photo)

A Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) statement said the donation is “a gesture of support and friendship” to the people of China.

President Benigno S. Aquino III welcomes People’s Republic of China (PROC) Ministry of Foreign Affairs Vice Minister Fu Ying during the Courtesy Call at the President’s Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (October 19). (MNS photo)

The ceremonial handover of the donation was held during the courtesy call of Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying on Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario on Friday, October 19.

Philippines Foreign Undersecretary for Policy Erlinda Basilio (L) shakes hands with China’s Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying upon her arrival at the Department of Foreign Affairs headquarters in Manila October 19, 2012. Fu Ying, China’s former ambassador to Manila, arrived in the capital on Thursday to attend the 18th Foreign Ministry Consultations, a regular discussion on advancing ties between the two nations.(MNS photo)

On September 7, two major earthquakes measuring 5.6 and 5.7 and several aftershocks hit Yunnan and Guizhou Provinces in southwestern China, causing the death of 80 and injuring more than 800 others.

Philippines Foreign Undersecretary for Policy Erlinda Basilio (L) gestures as she walks with China’s Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying upon her arrival at the Department of Foreign Affairs headquarters in Manila October 19, 2012. Fu Ying, a China’s former ambassador to Manila arrived in the capital on Thursday to attend the 18th Foreign Ministry Consultations, a regular discussion on advancing ties between the two nations.(MNS photo)

Thousands of people were evacuated and were in need of relocation. Direct economic losses from the tremors were estimated at more than half a billion dollars, as reported by China’s state media Xinhua. (MNS)

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