Thursday, November 14, 2013

Super Typhoon Haiyan: China Offers $100,000 To The Philippines, Attracts Criticism

An aerial view of a coastal town, devastated by super Typhoon Haiyan, in Samar province in central Philippines November 11, 2013. Dazed survivors of super Typhoon Haiyan that swept through the central Philippines killing an estimated 10,000 people begged for help and scavenged for food, water and medicine on Monday, threatening to overwhelm military and rescue resources. REUTERS/Erik De Castro 

After the Philippines was hit by the devastating Typhoon Haiyan, China begrudgingly sent just $100,000 in aid to Manilla, compared to the millions other nations have offered to help the Southeast Asian nation in need.

Last week, Super Typhoon Haiyan tore through central Philippines and killed 10,000 people in the city of Tacloban alone. The tragedy has prompted an outpouring of international assistance. Japan is sending $10 million in aid along with an emergency relief team, while Australia is donating $9.6 million, Reuters reported. The United States is sending $20 million in immediate aid, and an aircraft carrier, the USS George Washington, which will carry about 5,000 sailors and more than 80 aircraft to the Philippines to participate in relief efforts along with four other U.S. Navy ships.

China, in sharp contrast, has only promised $100,000 in aid with another $100,000 through the Chinese Red Cross. The world’s second largest economy has been at odds with the Philippines due to territorial disputes in the energy-rich South China Sea. Last year, ships from the two nations were involved in a standoff, and the Philippines later angered China further by taking the issue to the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea.

China has been far more generous in the past, providing over $1 million to the Philippines after a tropical storm hit the Southeast Asian nation in 2011, before ties between the two became increasingly frail, the Voice of America reported.