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China Increases Its Cheap Donation to the Philippines Recovery Efforts

China Increases Its Cheap Donation to the Philippines Recovery Efforts

| On 15, Nov 2013

Philippines Super Typhoon Haiyan

(Photo via Flickr)

China received a strong side-eye from me a few days ago when donations to the Philippines relief efforts were announced in the media.

While global superpowers such as the Australia and the United States were giving $30 million and $20 million, respectively, China hit the Philippines with a low blow. The Chinese made an original contribution only totaling $100,000 to the relief efforts of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Mind you, China is the world’s second largest economy. Governments and charities around the world have been pouring money, resources, and manpower into helping the people affected by the awful tragedy.

It doesn’t seem that I was the only one really fed up with China being cheap. Global media, some Chinese outlets, and aid agencies jumped on the story condemning China for its petty storm response.

As a result, China announced on Wednesday that their contribution would increase to $1.4 million in relief supplies, $100,000 in cash, and an additional $100,000 from the Chinese Red Cross. The total of $1.6 million in relief was still smaller than the $2.7 million donation of the charitable foundation of furniture retailer IKEA. That’s pretty sad…

China and the Philippines had cold relations before the storm, to say the least. Much of the tension centers over a dispute the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. The Philippines plan to air their grievances against China in an international authorities, according to The New York Times. The move pissed off China. Also, the two nations are at odds over Japan’s gift of naval ships to the Philippines.

No matter what the tensions, the historic Super Typhoon that upended the central Philippines should have been enough of an indication for China to grow up and open their wallets to the victims of the tragedy. It’s sad that it took both international and domestic pressure for Chinese government officials to change their minds.



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