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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Remarks on the Chinese Government's Readiness to Send the Emergency Medical Assistance Team to the Disaster-hit Areas of the Philippines

2013/11/17

Q: Super Typhoon Haiyan has triggered a humanitarian disaster in the Philippines. China has provided emergency disaster relief in cash and kind for the Philippine side. Is China preparing to provide more humanitarian relief there including medical assistance ?

A: China pays high attention to the disaster caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and has stated many times that it will consider continuing to provide humanitarian assistance for the disaster-stricken areas in accordance with the development of the situation and the needs of the Philippines. In light of the current actual needs of the Typhoon-hit areas, the Chinese government is ready to dispatch the emergency medical assistance team on humanitarian grounds. Non-governmental relief agencies such as the "Blue Sky Search & Rescue Team" affiliated with the Red Cross Society of China have expressed their readiness to join the disaster relief efforts there. China has been in touch with the Philippines on providing medical assistance. Once conditions permit, relevant rescue forces of China will immediately leave for the disaster-hit areas.

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