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Ambassador Zhang Assures Continued Disaster Support

China will continue to support the Fijian Government and people with their disaster relief efforts and post-disaster reconstructions. This assurance was made by China’s Ambassador to Fiji, Zhang Ping at
18 Mar 2016 11:35
Ambassador Zhang Assures Continued Disaster Support
Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Inia Seruiratu with Chinese Embassy delegates receives the Peoples Republic of China relief item at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

China will continue to support the Fijian Government and people with their disaster relief efforts and post-disaster reconstructions.

This assurance was made by China’s Ambassador to Fiji, Zhang Ping at the Handover Ceremony of the first batch of disaster relief materials donated by the Chinese government at Nausori International Airport. The handover was made to the Minister for Health Jone Usamate yesterday.

He said under the strong leadership of Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and the Fijian Government, and with the help of the international community, the Fijian people would surely prevail over the disaster and rebuild their homeland.

Mr Zhang said the cargo plane, which landed at Nausori Airport, carried 260 tents and another Boeing 747 Jumbo jet carrying 1643 tents arrived at Nadi International earlier in the day.

“This is just part of the total 500 tonnes of disaster relief materials with the total value of 500 million RMB, equivalent to FJ$16m donated by the Chinese government in response to the Fijian Government’s disaster relief appeal.”

He said in the coming fortnight, six more cargo planes chartered by the Chinese government would arrive in Fiji to deliver the rest of the aid supplies.

Mr Zhang said that as soon as they received the request from the Fijian Government, they immediately activated the emergency assistance mechanism and to provide emergency humanitarian cash grant to Fiji.

China, he said, wasted no time to charter all the available cargo planes to deliver these emergency relief materials to the people of Fiji who needed urgent help.

He said the tents delivered would provide the cyclone evacuees, who were still in evacuation centres, with a temporary place they could call a home. The students, he said, could also use the tents as their temporary classrooms to resume their studies.

Mr Zhang said China and Fiji had long been friends.

“We have always stood side by side and supported each other in time of need. A friend in need is a friend indeed,” he said.

The provision of disaster relief assistance to Fiji this time, he said, was another vivid example of China-Fiji friendship.

In receiving the donation on behalf of the Government, Mr Usamate said Fiji was grateful for the kind gesture from the Chinese government.

He said the donated relief items would be very useful to the affected people.

He assured the Chinese government that Fiji would remain a true friend.

 

 

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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