China Boosts Aid To Philippines After Criticism

The initial paltry sum of $100K drew ridicule

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Adam Dean / Panos for TIME

Displaced people effected by Haiyan Typhoon queue in the rain for the first aid delivery at a displacement camp in Tacloban, Philippines on November 14, 2013.

China increased its aid to the typhoon-ravaged Philippines after drawing criticism for providing an initial sum of just $100,000, less than six percent of what New Zealand said it would give.

China is now sending $1.64 million in supplies like tents and blankets, according to state media reports on Wednesday, and Chinese President Xi Jinping reportedly offered “heartfelt sympathies” in a telephone call with his counterpart in the Philippines, Benigno Aquino III. A spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said at a news conference Thursday that aid could increase as needed.

Relations between the two countries have suffered amid recent tension over disputed territory in the South China Sea. China’s weak response following the typhoon, which killed at least 2,357 people according, drew international criticism but also some praise domestically.

The U.S. has pledged $20 million in aid and U.S. Marines have already flown in supplies and drinking water. On Thursday, the aircraft carrier USS George Washington and another seven ships arrived with supplies.

[WSJ]

161 comments
smilehughsun
smilehughsun

that typhoon also hits us, but nobody cares.

tjharrell14
tjharrell14

The Chinese don't help each other either. There are many stories about Chinese ignoring people needing help right in front of them. I lived there for a couple of years and people don't care about strangers. If you are injured they will generally stare at you while you die and not lift a finger to help. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Wang_Yue

Greg Anonas
Greg Anonas

Thw Chinese government also hires hacks whose omly job is to troll commentaries and articles about China.

Franz Von Muhlfeld
Franz Von Muhlfeld

says the chinese government who censors the internet and whips nationalist fervour by distorting the real facts. you chinese are only geting info from your govt and it obviously lies to you to stoke strong nationalist sentiment to divert attention from the real problems in your country

Franz Von Muhlfeld
Franz Von Muhlfeld

they gave to insult. try to understand the concept. obviously you are not informed of what is really going on...and yes i aagree with you, nobody is obligated to give- it was the western media that made a big stink about this-not the filipinos

Greg Anonas
Greg Anonas

The issue is not how much China gave but its motivation. The amount it gave was intended to insult not to help.

Franz Von Muhlfeld
Franz Von Muhlfeld

oh yeah, during the sichuan earthquake, the phils gave 450,000 USD and sent a team to china. eveni if it was already involved in the spratly island dispute with china

Franz Von Muhlfeld
Franz Von Muhlfeld

first of all it wasnt the filipinos or the filipino govt that was complaining - it was publications like time and NYtimes that wrote about it -so the filipinos aren't whining about the sum, most are just happy that china gave even a "paltry" sum, having said that, the 100k is really meant to be a slap in the face, because of the "disputed" islands that china is claiming is theirs- and has whpped up national fervour against the phials, whereas 5-10 years ago, ordinary chinese could not even point to the phils in a map, today , all the chinese citizenry hate the phils as much as they hate Japan-

KenHu Teves
KenHu Teves

We, Filipinos don't need your $100,000. If that amount will insult, degrade us. Remember this. its just a typhoon who hit us, we are strong and we have God.

ysprefer
ysprefer

qi, aid shall be volunteer, not responsibility, China also suffer from typhoon in its south east territory. Teeth for teeth, eye for eye.

Angelina Chang
Angelina Chang

Cheap people and cheap products. Cheap in action for humanity.

marco_shawn
marco_shawn

There's a word in China-- if you do good to those bad to you, then what can you do to those good to you ? I never would think the addition donation as a regret or embarrassment. In my view my government didn't realize Philippine's in such bad a condition. Myself did't agree with large donation at all and supported the action once taken. But now I realize what a suffer for the them and it's so serious. Then my government is doing what should be done, but not because of critics or whatever

NiuChang
NiuChang

For Beijing/mainland Chinese government, there is nothing to be embarrassed about--

With regard to humanitarian aids, American neocon dimwits, pls look at no one other yourself, and look at no other countries other than phillipino or America, in the mirror --

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...

fact #1, the philipino sent US$0.0 -- yes, a big fxxxing 0 -- to China in 2008 Chinese earth quake which killed around 80000 people, more than 10 times the casulty of the current Haiyan. I deeply sympathize every bit of the human tragedy and suffering of the philipinos; but from Chinese mainland's point of view, is not this "the pot calling the kettle black"???

As for the big, self-righteous American dimwits, represented by all these mainstream rightwing media nutjobs,

fact #2, the US government sent US$20000.00 to China for the 1998 once in a decade flood; yes, that is not a typo, a big fxxxing 20000.00!

fact #3, as a Chinese American, my single family annual donation to the poor, rural, minority Chinese children who could not afford elementary education dwarf the entire aid from America, the richest country on earth, to China, the supposed cheapskate.

These fxxxing dimwits neocons pls tell me how many pennies you sent to the poor Chinese children so that they could go to school instead of becoming the so-called "slave/child" labor you complain about every day??? have you or your family ever donated a single penny to help a poor Chinese children? shame on you!

ChinaLee
ChinaLee

There are four reasons that Chinese and Taiwanese are reluctant to donate to the Philippines:

1. Philippine police recklessly opened fire and killed eight Hong Kong tourists (who are Chinese citizens) in 2010. The Philippine government has steadfastly refused to apologize. This is unacceptable.

2. The Philippine Coast Guard has consistently illegally detained Chinese fishermen in international waters. This is also unacceptable.

3. The Philippine Coast Guard has repeatedly killed unarmed Taiwanese fishermen (which China claims as a province and recognized by almost all countries under the "One China" policy) in May 2013 and in 2006. This must stop.

4. The Philippines is not a poor African country. The Philippine government is sitting on $936 million that it is about to spend on 12 new South Korean FA-50 jet fighters, two Italian Maestrales frigates, and eight AugustaWestland AW109 attack helicopters. Since the final contracts have not yet been signed, the Philippine government can divert the $936 million for immediate disaster relief and reconstruction.

Chinese indifference to the Philippines is perfectly understandable. China has canceled $10 billion in African bilateral debt between 2000 and 2005. Just two years ago, the Taiwanese people donated $260 million to Japan after the Tohoku earthquake in 2011. However, the appalling treatment of Chinese/Taiwanese citizens by the Philippine government precludes any significant donations by Chinese and Taiwanese people.

prastagus
prastagus

China has to deal with 780+ million damages an 6 deaths from Haiyan by themselves. How many donations they got from Philllippine and other countries? Both Phillippine and China are victims and yet China still sent donations to Phillippine but is called cheap? What kind of western sentiments is this? Did US send anything for Iranian earthquake last year? Did US sent 20 million to China for the 2008 Earthquake in which 70000+ people died? It furthers my own view that western media are so biased that they themselves don't realize.

joeabadsaint
joeabadsaint

It is not a matter of "how much".  It is the thought, regardless of everything else.  We may be asking for help but if no one gives, we can manage and survive even with the corrupt politicians (shame on you!).  A heartfelt THANKS to all the donors from different countries and individuals.  We are friendly, respectful, hospitable, fun, and loving people.  We do not differentiate ethnicity, faith, creed, race, and physical looks.  We are all humans.  May the Almighty bless all of us.

kl_iscool
kl_iscool

FYI Americas initial offer was also $100,000. The $20m is a pledge, a promise that once material, a large chunk is likely go towards paying American consultants for their "services".

kl_iscool
kl_iscool

How much did USA give to Iran for the earthquake last year again? That's right, a big fat goose egg.

Ed Zamborsky
Ed Zamborsky

What pissed them off wasn't the $100K it was the knock off iphones they sent.

danyele12
danyele12

Well the criticisms actually first came from the west. Filipinos here mainly don't care how much was given. These are political wars and we don't really have much time for this. We appreciate the thought, really. We've all been busy to help, too. Almost every citizen here-from the rich to even the poor people gave something to the best of their abilities to help the typhoon victims. Medical missions, operation drives, repacking of reliefs are done everyday. Companies opt to have no Christmas parties (which is a very big deal here) and birthday celebrants prefer to donate instead of celebrate. Blood are also donated if it can help. Even beggars gave as much as 2 to 10 pesos just to give something. We don't have much but the solidarity is everywhere.


So it's really sad to read these kinds of news. Faith in humanity is everywhere. I hope they could focus on that, too. The Philippines-China conflict can be brought up again some other time.

Jeffrey Liu
Jeffrey Liu

as a Chinese, we share the same feelings as they suffered, no matter what has being happened between us in the one years, we stand for them. yeah, we have to say that what we did can not compare with US and japan,, but we can hardly accept the critics from those who given more. it is from your heart , not the race of politics by showing generosity.as we known, there are still 30m people waiting for rescue in Guangxi and Hainan province. about 0.1trillion people live under the international standard of poverty. we are not rich, but we do what we can do to help PH people to help themselves , as they did to us in the Sichuan earthquake. we will never forget this. and we are a part of the international community, we share the responsibility as much as we can,, and we do not forget the goal of making a better future needs us hepling each other.

Okey Chen
Okey Chen

That is SO WRONG the TIME staff criticized China being ChEAP so WRONG, China per capital income between 1000-3000 USD . Japan is 3rd largest economy with 20 times less land size than China. and 10 times less population than China.

Adrian Mendoza
Adrian Mendoza

After that China will claim that they own the Philippines too.

Raiwozen
Raiwozen

Thank you China for helping the Philippines!

Robert J. Williamson
Robert J. Williamson

Thank God? If there was a God he was the one that killed all the people in the Philippines. Good job God doesn't exist because if he did he just committed mass murder yet again.

Robert J. Williamson
Robert J. Williamson

A women who we now know was a scam artist. She collected for the poor and gave less than one percent to the poor and the rest went to the upkeep of the Vatican. The entire thing was a scam.

Pyrrho
Pyrrho

$1.6 million in power projection doesn't even get you out of Beijing. 

What a bunch of losers. I can’t believe this country is our competition. 

If only Taiwan would one up China in aid. Now that would send a nice global message.

Clarence Ching
Clarence Ching

I'm not complaining but I find it surprising they donated way more to Japan in 2011 when the tsunami hit despite long standing tensions between the two nations.

Hamish Green
Hamish Green

Jewel Shears, I believe Australia has put in 10million so far, that's not including public donations!

wang fang
wang fang

nobody wants to give away their money while betrayed by the given ppl. So if you know nothing, just shut the f... Up! It is not mandatory to donate? As to how much, we decide!

Bruno Batikobra
Bruno Batikobra

how about the pope? vatican's donation can't even buy a packet of instant noodles for every survivor.

peace65
peace65

Chins is NOT obliged to do anything. I am NOT obliged to donate anything.


Race you, to the bottom.

Ivette Justiniano Bermeo
Ivette Justiniano Bermeo

The problem is that Philippines government is so corrupted and maybe the poor the ones in need will not see it. HOPE SOMEONE WISE AND SMART MANAGE ALL THE MONEY THEY ARE GETTING FROM ALL THE COUNTRIES THAT DONATES THIS MONEY. PLEASE PUT THE POOR FIRT PRIORITY.

Choco Cherry Ocampo
Choco Cherry Ocampo

We just want to thank everyone who supported our battered but never beaten country, the Philippines. May it be in the form of money, people, relief goods, good wishes, medicine... even your prayers. This is not a time to be cruel about anything. Theres just too many people in pain. Kindness and empathy from the online community would be appreciated too.

Jonathan Escobedo
Jonathan Escobedo

Just Chinese showing who they really are. They only help people if it will benefit them financially such as in Africa.

AngryPino
AngryPino

@ChinaLee  @ChinaLee 

"2. The Philippine Coast Guard has consistently illegally detained Chinese fishermen in international waters. This is also unacceptable." 

Really? Consistently? YOU ACTUALLY MEAN ALL THE TIME? If we're talking about consitency here, I think China will win over the Philippines. YOU have CONSISTENTLY brought ILLEGAL DRUGS to the Philippine territories. YOU have CONSISTENTLY brought pirated products to the country. YOUR people stay here to suck all the money of our countrymen. YOU have been CONSISTENTLY and PERSISTENTLY claiming one of our islands DESPITE THE FACT THAT IT IS A LONG WAY DISTANT FROM YOUR MAINLAND. YOU EVEN HAD THE NERVE TO DECLARE THAT ISLAND AS YOUR PROVINCE, lest CALL OUR COUNTRY YOUR PROVINCE. What the heck is your problem? Are your minds that addled?

"3. The Philippine Coast Guard has repeatedly killed unarmed Taiwanese fishermen (which China claims as a province and recognized by almost all countries under the "One China" policy) in May 2013 and in 2006. This must stop."

Again? Repeatedly? How many times did it happen? Have you ever considered the number of times your people (whether it be Chinese or Taiwanese) have illegally poached our waters? There is even a Taiwanese fishing vessel left by your people around the Batangas/Bataan are when your people chickened out when our authorities were about to catch them? How many times have your people illegaly fished or taken "protected" animals in our territory? Have you ever counted the times your country brought us misery? I think you don't. Because you are an egotistical dirt-ball. 

P.S. By the way, do you know that your country is one of the major causes of Climate Change? The amount of carbon dioxide you release is in dramatic +20% of the world's total emission. You produce almost 1000 times the Philippines does, ANNUALLY! And have you ever wondered why is the atmosphere in Beijing is so dense? Yeah, that's because of your excessive pollution production.P.P.S. And for the record it is not the Filipinos that started to call your donation "measly" but international news sites like Times and CNN. We are actually thankful to any help, be it monetary or in-kind donations.
P.P.P.S. But still thank you for the additional donation. I know that amount will really help in alleviating our people's hardships BIG TIME. That amount of $1.6 million will really go a long way. The addition may have resulted from a deep sense of humanitarianism or your government really feels sorry for my country or you're deeply ashamed that you have been criticized, regardless of the reason why you added a huge amount of money WE ARE REALLY REALLY THANKFUL FOR THAT. MARAMING MARAMING SALAMAT SA IYO LUPAIN NG MGA INTSIK. MABUHAY KA!

driftor
driftor

@Pyrrho $1.6 million can help 10000 poverty families in China.

peace65
peace65

Do NOT take me wrong. As a matter fact I am willing to donate to help our fellow human beings.