China offers emergency aid to quake-hit Philippines

BEIJING — The Chinese government will offer US1 million of emergency humanitarian aid to quake-hit Philippines, an official statement said late Wednesday.

China hopes the assistance will help relief work after an earthquake struck a southern Philippines province last week, according to an online Ministry of Commerce statement.

A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit Surigao City in southern Philippines last Friday night, killing at least seven and injuring more than 100.

Infrastructure facilities including airport and roads were damaged during the quake.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Tuesday that the Red Cross Society of China would offer USD50,000 to the Philippines for relief work, adding that the Foreign Minister Wang Yi had conveyed sympathy to his counterpart in the Philippines.

“China believes that the Philippines will overcome their difficulties and recover from the earthquake at an early date,” the spokesman said. PNA/