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Bush impressed by China’s earthquake relief efforts

www.chinaview.cn 2008-06-07 03:15:39

Special report: Reconstruction After Earthquake

U.S. President George W. Bush speaks during a meeting on China earthquake relief efforts at the American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, DC, on June 6, 2008. (Xinhua/Zhang Yan

U.S. President George W. Bush speaks during a meeting on China earthquake relief efforts at the American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, DC, June 6, 2008. (Xinhua/Zhang Yan)
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WASHINGTON, June 6 (Xinhua) — U.S. President George W. Bush said here Friday he is impressed by China’s firm response to the earthquake disaster and he is happy with the progress of the relief efforts.

“There’s no question this is a major human disaster that requires a strong response from the Chinese government, which is what they’re providing,” he said during a meeting at the headquarters of American Red Cross focusing on the U.S. response to the May 12 earthquake in China’s Sichuan province.

“There will be more work that needs to be done. My message to the Chinese government is, thank you for welcoming our aid. Thank you for taking a firm response to this disaster, and just know the American people care about the people of China. When a brother and sister hurts, we care about it,” he said.

Bush also praised the U.S. nongovernmental organizations, the business sector and charities for their compassion and donations in response to the earthquake.

The meeting is hosted by the American Red Cross, Business Roundtable and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The participants, including Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of Treasury Henry Paulson as well as leaders from U.S. nongovernmental organizations, the business sector and charities, were briefed by China’s ambassador to the United States Zhou Wenzhong by the latest information on the situation in Sichuan and long-term relief and reconstruction needs.

Zhou later told Xinhua that China appreciated U.S. help to the relief efforts, saying it is an example of the China-U.S. constructive and cooperative relationship.

The two countries are always helping each other in times of need, and China has donated 5 million U.S. dollars in aid to the United States when Hurricane Katrina struck southern U.S. states in 2005, he said.

Zhou said a high-level U.S. delegation headed by a deputy secretary of state will soon visit China and assess relief and reconstruction needs.

American Red Cross pledges more fund for China’s earthquake relief efforts

U.S. President George W. Bush (C) speaks as Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. Zhou Wenzhong (1st,right), U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (2nd right) and U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson (1st left) listen during a meeting on China earthquake relief efforts at the American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, DC, June 6, 2008. (Xinhua/Zhang Yan)
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WASHINGTON, June 6 (Xinhua) — The American Red Cross Friday pledged an additional contribution of 10 million U.S. dollars to support the China earthquake relief and recovery efforts.

Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, chairman of the American Red Cross, made the announcement at a roundtable meeting focusing on the U.S. response to China’s earthquake.

EU official praises China for handling earthquake situation

BRUSSELS, June 6 (Xinhua) — A European Union (EU) high-level official spoke highly Friday of the Chinese government for the way it has handled the earthquake situation in Sichuan Province.

“I have the utmost respect for the way the Chinese government is dealing with this difficult situation,” said EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner.

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5 UN-chartered choppers land in Myanmar

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Reuters, AP YANGON, Myanmar: Five UN-chartered helicopters landed in Myanmar this weekend to help with cyclone relief efforts, but many problems still hindered efforts to help victims of the May 2-3 storm.

Myanmar denies evictions from cyclone relief camps Reuters

5 more UN helicopters arrive in Myanmar The Associated Press

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Voice of America

Burma Denies Forcing Cyclone Victims from Shelters

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By VOA News Burma’s military government denies forcing survivors of Cyclone Nargis out of emergency shelters and back to their devastated villages.

Burma denies forcibly relocating cyclone victims ABC Online

Burma’s junta denies moving cyclone survivors from shelters Radio Australia

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Voice of America

Aid workers report some signs of hope for Burma

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“There are a number of Myanmar citizens from what I would call the diaspora in other countries and they’ve come home.
Burma Arrests Celebrity Critic Who Organized Cyclone Relief Washington Post
Burma condemns foreign media reports Radio Australia
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The Associated Press

Red Cross: Myanmar dead may never be identified

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YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Tens of thousands of people killed in last month’s cyclone may never be identified because their bodies have decomposed so badly and many ended up far from home, an aid organization said Sunday.

Red Cross: Myanmar dead may never be identified KPLC-TV

Tens of thousands of dead from Myanmar cyclone may never be identified Malaysia Star

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Burma denies forcibly relocating cyclone victims

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… small portions of rice to return to their ruined villages. It says other storm victims were forced out of schools so that classes could resume last week.

Burma’s junta denies moving cyclone survivors from shelters Radio Australia

Burma rates foreign media ‘worst than cycline’ Bangkok Post

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Citizen

Japanese medical team hand over cyclone clinic in Myanmar

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Yangon – A Japanese medical team handed over a clinic and equipment to the Myanmar government Sunday after spending nine days treating more than 1300 patients in Labutta, a town in the Irrawaddy delta that was hard-hit by Cyclone Nargis.
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With more access, more progress in Myanmar, says CARE worker Atlanta Journal Constitution
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June 8, 2008 at 3:39 pm

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Myanmar denies evictions from cyclone relief camps

Reuters – Sun Jun 8, 4:37 AM ETYANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military government denied on Sunday it was evicting victims of Cyclone Nargis from relief camps, saying it was working on a voluntary resettlement program more than a month after the disaster.

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Myanmar tightens security but denies evicting cyclone victims

Myanmar Red Cross volunteers distributing relief supplies to families and community members in Mawlamyinegyun in the Irrawaddy Delta division. Myanmar has tightened security across the cyclone-ravaged Irrawaddy Delta and has denied evicting storm victims from emergency shelters and forcing them to return to ruined villages(AFP/FRC-HO)

BOGALAY, Myanmar (AFP) – Myanmar has tightened security across the cyclone-ravaged Irrawaddy Delta but on Sunday denied evicting storm victims from emergency shelters and forcing them to return to ruined villages.

Myanmar tourism sector reels after cyclone

An empty Chaungtha beach is seen in the Irrawaddy Delta region, Tuesday, June 3, 2008. Chaungtha beach is know as a popular tourist spot for both Myanmar residents and foreign visitors, but since cyclone Nargis, on May 2-3 that left 78,000 people dead and another 56,000 missing, there have been no holiday makers at all causing the entire village to suffer.(AP Photo)

YANGON, Myanmar – When a taxi carrying two Westerners pulled up this past week at the Shwe Sin hotel at the Chaung Tha beach resort in Myanmar’s cyclone-stricken Irrawaddy delta region, cheers rang out from local residents and workers.

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June 8, 2008 at 6:18 am

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