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China steps up aid to Pak flood victims

China on Wednesday announced an additional USD 8.5 million aid to the flood victims of Pakistan.

Beijing: China on Wednesday announced an
additional USD 8.5 million aid to the flood victims of

China has decided to offer an additional 60 million
yuan (USD 8.5 million) of relief supplies to Pakistan, Chong
Quan of the Chinese Commerce Ministry announced during his
meeting with Pakistan Ambassador Masood Khan.
China has already dispatched about USD 10 million aid.

Also, China today dispatched relief supplies worth 20
million yuan (USD 2.94 million) to flood-hit Pakistan, the
Ministry said in a statement.

The shipments mainly contained urgently-needed daily
necessities, including grain, cooking oil, flour, sugar, salt
and medicine, the ministry said in a brief notice on its

The supplies are to be transported through a land
route to the Sust dry port near the Pakistan-China border from
Kashgar in northwest China`s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region,
the statement said.

Masood Khan, on behalf of the Pakistani government and
people, expressed his gratitude for China`s assistance, saying
the food, tents and medicine provided by the Chinese
government were Pakistan`s most urgently needed materials.
Khan yesterday defended China`s contribution to its
flood relief and said it is unfair for any country to ask
Islamabad`s "all weather friend" to do more, in an apparent
reference to US envoy Richard Holbrooke`s prodding that
Beijing should step up the aid.

"China was one the first countries to respond to the
relief needs of Pakistan when it was hit by the worst floods
in 81 years. China moved with speed," Khan told China`s
state-run news agency Xinhua.

"It is not fair for any country or any person to make
oblique references to China`s relief assistance to Pakistan or
to urge China to do more," Khan said.

The US last week increased its flood aid to Pakistan
to USD 150 million and also called on China, a key ally of
Pakistan, to do more.

"I think the Chinese should step up to the plate," US
Special Representative to Af-Pak Richard Holbrooke, had said.

Khan said asking China to do more is like "pushing at
an open door".


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