Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Sichuan Quake Relief [Re-post]

(From the English Xinhua website)

Red Cross calls for donations to quake-stricken areas
http://www.chinaview.cn/index.htm 2008-05-13 11:43:44

BEIJING, May 13 (Xinhua) -- The Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) called for donations to help victims in the earthquake-stricken areas in southwest China's Sichuan Province.
The commodities in urgent need such as tents, cotton-padded quilts, food, drinking water are not so easily be transported to the disaster-hit areas due to transportation difficulties, according to the RCSC.
Donations in cash is preferred at this stage, said an official with the RCSC.
Donators can donate cash to the RCSC through the following bank account: for RMB account, the address is Dongsi Office, Beijing Branch of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the account number is 0200001009014413252; for foreign currency account, the address is Jiuxianqiao Branch of CITIC Bank and the account number is 7112111482600000209.
The RCSC also opened a hotline 010-65139999 and 010-64027620 for consultation during the daytime.
The 7.8-magnitude quake, occurred in Wenchuan Monday afternoon, has killed 9,219 people in eight affected provinces and municipality including Sichuan, Gansu, Shaanxi, Chongqing, Yunnan, Shanxi, Guizhou and Hubei, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said in a release issued at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

As of this time (around 6:15am GMT on Tuesday 13th) the Red Cross Society of China's site still seems to be down, probably due to the amount of people checking for updates/donating online; a check on the International Committee of the Red Cross website is still focused on the Burma relief efforts, and has yet to update any information regarding the earthquake in China itself.

[Update: the RCSC site continues to be down, but the British Red Cross Society has a Disaster Fund related to the China earthquake that people can donate to. Click here:


The British Red Cross have donated £25,000 so far to the RCSC for their relief efforts in China, not a huge sum, but a start. Obviously the best way is to give direct to the RCSC.]

[Updated again: The Irish government has pledged an initial sum of 1 million euros to the relief of the China earthquake, I am relieved not only because the figure was not a paltry sum like the one that has been raised by the British Red Cross initially, but most importantly because the newly-appointed Foreign Minister Micheal Martin said that this money would be channelled through the Red Cross Society. There were no ties and conditions about sending in foreign aid workers or anything about wanting the supplies emblazoned with "Irish Aid" being visible to the victims. No, this was simple goodwill delivered in the manner that the recipient preferred. I am so relieved that the Irish government is staying true to its neutrality.]

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At Wed May 14, 07:18:00 p.m. IST, Blogger laichungleung said...

Wen and the Chinese government have been doing the right thing in the aftermath of this monstrous quake. Unlike its neighboring Myanmar, and the Tangshan Quake in 1976, China is pretty transparent as far as reportage and aids go and it certainly wins accolades from local and foreign media. I think China is really doing the right thing. And it helps that Wen actually is there on location to see first hand how badly the situation is.

On another note, not only white guys like New Balance, but Wen too.

At Wed May 14, 07:56:00 p.m. IST, Blogger laichungleung said...

Actually I don't see one single picture depicting Wen on location in the aftermath of the Sichuan Quake in the NYTIMES.COM web site. I think maybe they are afraid that that would affect their journalistic integrity or something to that extent, I can't be sure. I don't think the Guardian shows any either. I guess to see Wen and his NB in action, you have to go to the official Xinhua website where there is no shortage of Wen.

At Thu May 15, 08:01:00 a.m. IST, Blogger 梁巔巔 said...


At Sat May 17, 05:43:00 p.m. IST, Blogger Snowdrops said...

LCL: I very much agree with you about both the Chinese government's disaster response and the bias from Western media reportage. I too noticed glaring biases especially from Guardian, a liberal paper that I used to respect! (It was one of the very few handful of Western newspapers which didn't reprint the Danish anti-Islamic cartoons, but it seems to suffer a continual blind spot when it comes to China, which perhaps is not too surprising afterall as it's very much inspired by Will Hutton's ideological framework regarding China and the West). I was going to blog about these instances of bias and selective reporting properly, but the links that I have saved as I read the online reportage were wiped out by another computer problem (arrgh!) and I don't have time to go through them all again.

LDD: Thanks for your greeting, but unfortunately I won't be returning to HK this summer. We may have some relatives visiting us from HK later this year though, but there's no firm plans yet. I do plan to have a proper holiday after my completing PhD, but the operative word here being "after".


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