|The Mission of the Chinese Government to the Countries Hit by the Earthquake and Tsunami in the Indian Ocean Pays a Visit and Extends Regards to China International Search and Rescue Team In Indonesia and Learns about the Disaster in Indonesia|
On January 8, 2005, the mission of the Chinese government to the countries hit by the earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean pays a visit and extends regards to the China International Search and Rescue Team (CISRT) in Aceh, Indonesia. The Head of the mission and Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei conveyed the kind greetings of President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao and the people of the motherland to the members. He said that you are the first international rescue team arriving at disaster-hit Aceh in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean. You have worked diligently for 8 days under difficult conditions and rescued nearly 6,000 victimized people. Your outstanding behaviors have won the praise of the Indonesian people and the people in the motherland are proud of you. He hopes that CISRT makes persistent efforts to rescue and cure more patients and save more lives.
The mission is composed of the officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Commerce and China Earthquake Administration and started working on January 7 in Indonesia. In the past 2 days, they have met with Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda and the heads of the State Ministry for Development Planning, the Ministry of Trade, the Ministry of Health as well as the Coordinating Minister of People's Welfare who takes charge of commanding the relief efforts in Aceh. The mission also inspected the worst hit Aceh area of Indonesia, and obtained detailed information of the relief needs there. The mission expressed that the goal of the trip is to learn more about the situation so as to carry out the assistance of the Chinese government in a more effective manner and do something concrete for the victimized people. Indonesia sang high praise of the Chinese government and people for the assistance. They believed that the Chinese assistance is the honest and unselfish spiritual encouragement and material support to the Indonesian people, which has reflected the friendship and cooperation between the two peoples. Indonesia also introduced to the Chinese mission the status of the disaster relief efforts and their initial considerations on the next-step of reconstruction.