Xi consoles victims in Philippines

Xi consoles victims in Philippines

CHINA - President Xi Jinping on Wednesday conveyed condolences to his Philippine counterpart Benigno Aquino III over the heavy casualties and property loss caused by Typhoon Haiyan, which also hit South China's Hainan, Guangdong provinces and the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, affecting a population of up to 3 million.

On behalf of the Chinese people, Xi extended heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the typhoon victims and the bereaved families.

In his message, the Chinese president also wished the Philippine people early success in overcoming the disaster and rehabilitating their homeland.

China will provide 10 million yuan (S$1.99 million) worth of relief supplies to typhoon-hit central Philippines, the Chinese embassy said on Wednesday.

The relief, including blankets and tents, will soon be delivered to the Philippine government to assist devastated communities, the embassy said.

The relief followed a donation of US$200,000 (S$250,000) by the China Red Cross Society and the Chinese government.

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