True friends: China first country to offer flood aid

Published: September 11, 2011
Chinese Government to dispatch relief goods worth 30 million RMB (US $4.7million) for Pakistan flood affectees. PHOTO: REUTERS

Chinese Government to dispatch relief goods worth 30 million RMB (US $4.7million) for Pakistan flood affectees. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: The Chinese Ambassador, HE Liu Jian called on Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar Sunday  to convey the decision of the Chinese Government to dispatch relief goods worth 30 million RMB (US $4.7million) for the flood affectees.

He also conveyed sympathies of the Chinese Government regarding the devastation caused by the widespread monsoon rains.

The Foreign Minister thanked the Ambassador for the prompt response to the appeal for relief assistance.

She stated that as true friend of Pakistan, China was the first country to announce assistance for flood affected people in 2011.

The Foreign Minister underlined the magnitude of devastation caused by the floods. She apprised the Ambassador that the priority at this stage of relief and rescue was waterproof tents.

In the aftermath of the 2010 floods, China was one of the major international aid donors to Pakistan, providing over $200 million in emergency flood aid.

While the Pakistan government has called for foreign aid to help with the devastating floods, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif has spoken against foreign aid, saying that government resources were adequate and there was no need for seeking help from foreign countries.

Current flooding has reportedly taken 199 lives and destroyed or damaged nearly one million houses, and flooded 4.2 million acres of land.


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  • Fahad Raza
    Sep 11, 2011 - 6:51PM

    Indeed true friend of Pakistan


  • Umair Waheed Sheikh, Khayban e Hafiz,IBA Karachi
    Sep 11, 2011 - 6:56PM

    This is peanuts and most of it is going to be bad chinese products!


  • Jameel
    Sep 11, 2011 - 7:02PM

    A country that has $3 trillion worth of foreign reserves sent merely $4.7 million of food? What a friend. We always get short changed as we are idiots and are easily impressed.


  • fahim
    Sep 11, 2011 - 7:14PM

    chinese are quick learners from past mistake, and they moved quickly this time with a small amount to capture news headlines. they always play a game of chess..


  • BruteForce
    Sep 11, 2011 - 7:24PM

    US had given $500 Million and had asked its allies, rather forced, to donate more. At first China had offered some $9 Million, when India had offered $25 Million.

    But, you will NEVER see a headline saying US or India being “True Friends” in Pakistan.

    Come to think of it, US barely got praises for donating such a large amount in a recession year!


  • Cautious
    Sep 11, 2011 - 7:24PM

    If 4 million buys you a front page headline labeled “True Friend” I am sure the American’s would provide you that 50 times a year — but if it were the American’s the headlines the headline would be something like “Cheap friend only delivers $4 million”.


  • Rock
    Sep 11, 2011 - 7:29PM

    Not even 5million dollars. what you call them peanuts. Isn’t it?


  • Nasir
    Sep 11, 2011 - 7:37PM

    wow…..I am surprised at the above comments…it implies like it is our right and china’s duty to give us aid…..even if this is peanut we should be ashamed for being beggars….China didnt earn those three trillion dollars for financing the luxurious life of your rulers


  • Sep 11, 2011 - 7:43PM

    I am unable to understand Pakistan´s policy of not accepting
    direct donations from India across the border.In India are men
    and women many of whom are siblings of Pakistanis.Why should
    their donations come round the way through United Nations
    in the process discarding 15 percent real value? Can one
    sane Pakistani answer me?I hope there are still sane Pakistanis.
    Indian siblings of Pakistanis´ donation can help the suffering
    at once.I am surprised at the Pakistani hang up.Last year when
    Pakistan suffered I sent my contributions through Doctors
    without Borders.
    Taravadu Taranga Trust for Media Monitoring TTTMM India


  • Tariq
    Sep 11, 2011 - 7:46PM

    And Pakistan wants to listen to these jerks and always complain about the US. 3 million that is what the US gives every day to Pakistan


  • Raj
    Sep 11, 2011 - 7:52PM

    Why Pakistanis always look for aid when there is so much wealth in the country?


  • Truth Prevails
    Sep 11, 2011 - 7:52PM

    Whatever, but Chinese are indeed true friend of Pakistan as opposed to US who is a true enemy of Pakistan … atleast no pakistani in thousands have been killed in the name of some war fought by Chinese …


  • khanman
    Sep 11, 2011 - 7:55PM

    Umair – Jameel – Beggars cannot choosers. So, take it or leave it. I say “NO” to any aid period.


  • Ali S
    Sep 11, 2011 - 8:03PM

    Question is how much of it will actually be utilized for the affected? The US also donated billions of dollars in non-military aid (argue against it as much as you want) but nil of it actually went to those who deserved it.


  • true
    Sep 11, 2011 - 8:05PM

    china is helping you

    your real brother will help you dont know

    but china always do


  • Xyz
    Sep 11, 2011 - 8:08PM

    Elephants have tiny brains!!!


  • Zain Kamran
    Sep 11, 2011 - 8:29PM

    at least China offered …
    one must not ignore this fact.


  • Zed
    Sep 11, 2011 - 8:40PM

    Thank you China for giving relief goods rather than cash which can be used by our politicians! You have always come to our help whenever we have needed it.
    China, my sincerest prayers go out to you. You are winning hearts around world through your actions :)

    To all the Pakistanis above, quit complaining and WORK HARD and help your fellow Pakistanis YOURSELF!


  • Bilal
    Sep 11, 2011 - 8:46PM

    This is peanuts. Still appreciated.
    China is and has always been very tight when it comes to aid. They how ever do invest in other countries.

    unfortunately the contributions of the US are never recognized. Which provided both material and financial aid to Pakistan last floods and during the earth quake.

    Pakistani American


  • indianmuslim
    Sep 11, 2011 - 8:48PM

    wow thats huge … Lol


  • rambo
    Sep 11, 2011 - 8:53PM

    ok, good thing, but the heading looks like pakistan is eagerly waiting for something from China, something in the form of aid, and its others duty/responsibility to provide aid to pakistan, and like a competition and the winner is china, if it is, then it should be included in London Olympics.


  • Sep 11, 2011 - 8:58PM

    All weather friends…


  • ABC
    Sep 11, 2011 - 9:00PM

    Only 4.7 mil from a true friend!!

    Even India offered $25 mil and USA offered $500 mil in last floods ..where as offered only $9 mil!!!

    China doesn’t love us enough!!!


  • N
    Sep 11, 2011 - 9:15PM

    Very well said. It is a shame that we expect aid as an entitlement. The headline says it all. Worse yet, we demand help from “enemies” like USA – it was only $7 B and how dare they ask for accountability!!
    And of course aid from our nemesis – India, we ask that they deliver it via the UN!

    I am not surprised at our entitlement mindset – we think we are the center of the universe.


  • Ali
    Sep 11, 2011 - 9:20PM

    ahahah what are you taling about ? this page is full of indians pretending to be pakistan
    USA did not give $500 million for floods more like 50. US money pakistan gets for giving amreica bases is not same as flood money China gave $200 million, india gave 20million


  • Mirza
    Sep 11, 2011 - 9:25PM

    It a country is poor they can only pray for the flood victims and it would be fine. If they don’t have anything then don’t try to donate. However, China with trillions of $$ of trade surplus should not insult itself by such tiny amount. It is like I give a paisa to a poor person to alleviate his problems! I am not advocating begging, however, friends should treat friends with respect and parity and not insult them.


  • Tariq
    Sep 11, 2011 - 9:28PM

    @Truth Prevails:
    Surely the muslims being murdered by the communists in Kashgar the mass murder in Tibet does not count. Finally, why dont you Pakistanis apply for immigration to China rather than trying to sneak into western countries


  • pakistani
    Sep 11, 2011 - 9:32PM

    while US was donating.. we forget there was a secret agenda behind the aid. the govt in its naivety or deliberately handed out thousands of visas to americans who turned out to be raymond davis type agents…..


  • sam
    Sep 11, 2011 - 9:36PM

    I appreciate Chinese efforts but we Pakistanis always tend to appreciate enemies of our enemy like Iran and China … USA has always helped Pakistan in bad times (apart from talibanization and leaving afghan mess) … they even helped us in last floods by dispatching their heavy lift copters … and i dont see anyone appreciating that … apart from that american ngo’s efforts cant be counted out too …


  • sajid
    Sep 11, 2011 - 9:41PM

    Congratz Pak govt for increasing chances of BANK ACCOUNTS……WAO.


  • Pan Mat
    Sep 11, 2011 - 9:42PM

    The headlines suggests that Pakistanis have proven that beggars can be choosers!

    Few months back, aid worth $25 from Indian was deemed too small but $4.7m from China is worth the front page headlines and not to mention the billions that Americans have poured in only to see conspiracies theories crop up.

    Beggars can in fact be choosers, perhaps the next frontier for Pakistan is that bird in hand is not better than three in bushes!


  • The the
    Sep 11, 2011 - 10:05PM

    Be grateful you ungrateful human [email protected] Waheed Sheikh, Khayban e Hafiz,IBA Karachi:


  • malik
    Sep 11, 2011 - 10:37PM

    Why are the Chinese giving us the goods as the ‘aid’? Can’t they give us some hard cash instead?


  • Babloo
    Sep 11, 2011 - 10:53PM

    Does it occur to the Pakistani government and foreign ministry ( establishment ) that they act in a most abject , servile way towards China ? Why ? Where is any self-respect or ‘ghairiat’ ?


  • Nasir
    Sep 11, 2011 - 11:17PM

    Dont compare US aid to China’s as china has not indulged us in her WAR on Terror and has not asked us for Do More. Compare the US aid with the loss of seventy billion dollars to our economy (leaving the human loss aside) in this war. This aid has been able to compensate our losses yet and you think they are favoring us.


  • Hatim
    Sep 11, 2011 - 11:29PM

    Iran gives 20 times that. What a shame for China.


  • Mirza
    Sep 11, 2011 - 11:45PM

    A tiny economy Iran is giving 100 millions compared to our true friend’s less than 5! It only shows how much China is our friend?


  • Aadersh
    Sep 11, 2011 - 11:48PM

    Thank you China for your sincere support that you have provided us again & again…Let our neighbour b jealous of our friendship…LOng Live Sino-Pak Friendship!!


  • samarth
    Sep 12, 2011 - 12:01AM

    u gotta be kiddin…..4.7 million $ is the aid which is being provided by
    China which is 2nd largest economy….to its “all weather friend” pakistan(atlst pak government think so). Even poor countries like bangladesh can provide more than that.
    its time that pakistan realize , strategy of china(i.e. nothing is for free)…


  • APatriot
    Sep 12, 2011 - 12:19AM

    Gilani in Tehran: Iran to give $100 million for flood affected in Sindh
    I thin Iran is our bestest friend now. China should match Iranian contribution, if they are our besteset friend!


  • Anuj
    Sep 12, 2011 - 12:33AM

    Iran offered $100 million….i think the headline of article should be changed now….


  • Mastishhk
    Sep 12, 2011 - 1:07AM

    @ Malik..n wat exactly would u do with that cash…Buy goods for flood victims.?????
    Chinese give out goods only to avoid aid getting misappropriated !!


  • skeptic
    Sep 12, 2011 - 2:47AM

    They want you to buy their shoddy arms through your corrupt government and they will make ten times what they give you. What a bunch of idiots who think the Chinese government is friends to anyone.


  • F Robinson
    Sep 12, 2011 - 2:52AM

    US gives generous aid to Pakistan. Pakistanis love US life style, education, science and computer technology. Despite generous US aid Pakistan always plays a duplicitous role and considers China a true friend. Why do Pakistanis want to migrate to US instead of going to China?


  • Jack
    Sep 12, 2011 - 4:31AM

    Thankyou China ……… Love you ……. You always been so kind and generous ……. To all those who are complaining that they give less is because of the government ruling you. ………. No body wants that there hard earned money should go wasted ……… Just get rid of this government and than see how countries will help us


  • Kataria
    Sep 12, 2011 - 5:05AM

    What this shows is that indians are obsessed with Pakistan. cue more jameels and fahims.


  • Raj
    Sep 12, 2011 - 9:00AM

    An average KOHTI in Defense is more than one million dollars….Chinese aid is less than four Kothis is Gulberg Lahore…


  • Sep 12, 2011 - 10:25AM

    US has also killed many innocent Pakistani’s in Drone Strikes almost every day, which we need not to forget. Carrot & Sticks…yeah?


  • Observer
    Sep 12, 2011 - 12:41PM

    “Even India offered $25 mil and USA offered $500 mil in last floods ..where as offered only $9 mil!!!”

    To be correct with numbers, India actually gave $50 million. The $25 million was the first announcement.


  • Ajacklove
    Sep 12, 2011 - 1:27PM

    It surprising that lots of complaints here about tiny donations from China which it has has a $3 trillion foreign guys should learn what does foreign reserve mean first.The foreign reserve is not like the money in your purse you can spend it whenever and wherever you wish.many countries are much wealthy than China though they have much less foreign reserves including US(not even in top 10 ranking).


  • where's my comment
    Sep 12, 2011 - 1:30PM

    It surprising that lots of complaints here about tiny donations from China which it has has a $3 trillion foreign guys should learn what does foreign reserve mean first.The foreign reserve is not like the money in your purse you can spend it whenever and wherever you wish.many countries are much wealthy than China though they have much less foreign reserves including US(not even in top 10 ranking).


  • Sep 12, 2011 - 2:23PM

    In its transactional relationship with America, Pakistan does not have many choices, but with China it has a range of choices, as do the Chinese with it. And Pakistan is right to push forwards with broadening a relationship which in the long-term will be of greater benefit.感谢您对中国这个伟大的援助。万岁我们的友谊.Read my article Relationship with China – after Abbotabad accident


  • Ali Kazmi
    Sep 12, 2011 - 2:25PM

    just so that you all may know, china is not the only one steping up. We all should not forget and hypocratily disregard the efforts and sympathies of our beloved supporter IRAN. they have disbursed &100 million for rain releif.

    follow the link for confirmation:



  • XXX
    Sep 12, 2011 - 2:51PM

    Why do the Indian commenters keep saying India donated $25M while China donated $4M?
    The article clearly says China donated $200M. Can’t Indians read??
    The initial amount of $4M this time around from China compares with $0 from India!! Not $25M.
    As for the Americans supposedly donating $500M, that’s not true. The money Washington gave Pakistan was for the US bases in Pakistan and the war on terror. When did the US donate $500M to ANYONE?


  • mannish1980
    Sep 12, 2011 - 3:13PM

    So you all keep harping the point that US has killed so many in its war against terrorism.

    But I just want to point towards one fact. This 4.7 Million is even less than the profit china makes in one day from flooding your market with its goods and doing different kinds of business.

    US may not be able to kill you all but China will surely do so in coming years. But being a Pakistani surely gives you freedom to being dumb.


  • Ashraf
    Sep 12, 2011 - 3:13PM

    4.7 MILLION DOLLARS ??? Wow !!!
    Now all of Pakistan’s financial problems are over. Long live Chinese generosity !! IMF can now go take a hike. Pakistan now has 4.7 million in the kitty.


  • Akhand Bharaty
    Sep 12, 2011 - 5:44PM

    @ Brute force

    Its between Pakistan & China, why are you soiling your pants over it? Its not your money, and you are not getting it, so why turning green??


  • Zez
    Sep 12, 2011 - 6:44PM

    Flooding and then begging … good business and we never learn from our mistakes. We had floods last year and we did nothing this year too, though we were warned by the Foreign Meterologist about the flooding this year.

    By the way, we never cared for our people who are now affected – kept them like this for more than 60 years – we care for dollars.


  • rational_thinker
    Sep 12, 2011 - 7:09PM

    @XXX.. if you can manage to read anything other than that is written in your own news papers visit this website and find out how much money was given out as military aid and how much was given as non-military aid..
    before you comeback and say, its a CIA, RAW, ZIONIST conspiracy website, here are few articles from DAWN..
    $16m for power plant..
    assistance to farmers
    $100m for schools..

    there are plenty of other articles on tribune and dawn mentioning various other forms of AID from US


  • BruteForce
    Sep 12, 2011 - 8:07PM

    @A R Khan Yusufzai:

    How many million lives has the US saved by giving timely aid? US has been giving aid even before 9/11 to Pakistan. Or, how else can Pakistan afford F-16s, which again is a sign of US generosity towards Pakistan.

    There are always 2 sides to things. Learn to appreciate the good ones.


  • Sep 12, 2011 - 9:30PM

    All the good image made up in floods & earth quake were lost lost when a helicopter fired our 4 soldiers & when drone strike killed 42 innocent tribesmen (loyal to Pak Army) on the eve of Terrorist Raymond Davis release.


  • Doctor
    Sep 12, 2011 - 9:43PM

    Clearly, Pakistani friendship is cheap when it comes from people Pakistan doesn’t hate. That being said, maybe we could grow up and stop “expecting” aid and be grateful for it. Our “all weather friend” is cutting back her aid after discovering that we have sent our “strategic depth” to its nation as well.


  • hassan
    Sep 13, 2011 - 12:20AM

    U.S and India can give us a lot, but they also make a deal with the millions they offer. China is and will always be a true friend. It’s not mandatory on the them to give us aid as much as we want, they have given us a lot, we know the fact that we can’t return them much. And all those who are praising and appreciating US and India more than China, dont forget the fact that just a few months ago, the drama that US did at Abbottabad it was only China’s one warning to the whole world that kept our hopes alive and our heads high. THANK YOU CHINA. Pakistan love you.


  • Observer
    Sep 13, 2011 - 12:56AM

    @Truth Prevails:

    Wait until there are a few more Xinjiang-like incidents and the true colour of this friendship will come to the fore. Don’t trust anyone to handout ‘friendship’…earn it and it will be more enduring.


  • Observer
    Sep 13, 2011 - 1:06AM

    @A R Khan Yusufzai:

    Try telling this to all those who were saved due to the flood relief operations and get their opinion on the matter. Don’t mix things up – the war and the flood relief are two different things. It is always nice to sit in a air conditioned room and making these arguments


  • Attif Abbas
    Sep 13, 2011 - 2:36AM

    What about all the Foreign aid being sifoned to Swiss Banks by corrupt pakistani politicians. No country is willing to give us aid because of this.


  • Peace N Harmony
    Sep 13, 2011 - 2:40AM

    Why accept aid? It is shameful. Pakistan must stand on its own two feet, not beg from other countries. It is better to die of shame than to survive on alms.


  • Fortune Cookie
    Sep 13, 2011 - 2:42AM

    First ask yourself how much have you given before condemning anyone. If the begger on the street gives only 1% of his wealth and the president of the country gives 1% of his wealth – who do you think has given more????? In times of need all of us has to provide whatever we can, thereby alleviating some of the problems of the needy.


  • Observer
    Sep 13, 2011 - 4:22AM

    “China is and will always be a true friend. It’s not mandatory on the them to give us aid as much as we want, they have given us a lot

    Do you really know how much free aid that China has given Pakistan in the past three decades? Do you really know how much free doleouts the US or Saudi has given Pakistan in the same period? Do some research before making comments here. China has given a big zero in free aid apart from token aid, that is really peanuts, for 2005 earthquake and last year’s floods.


  • BruteForce
    Sep 13, 2011 - 8:20PM

    @A R Khan Yusufzai:

    The drones are good when they kill the likes of Baitullah Mehsud and Ilyaz Kashmiri but bad in general, right? Utter hypocrisy.

    Who is allowing these drones to operate- Pakistani Army. But, you dont say a word against them. Isn’t it their duty to protect? They are even giving Air-bases to the Americans. Americans are simply doing what it seems is the best option.

    Lets hear the likes of you criticizing the Army, who is really the killer of “innocents”, who are allowing the Americans to operate in their Territory.

    Saudi Arabia and UAE too have funded extremist groups, but again, you dont talk against them.

    Admit it, its about self-interest and Religion. US is pro-India and a majority Christian nation and a Super Power at that, you cant stand it.


  • 12thman
    Sep 17, 2011 - 3:50AM

    @Truth Prevails:

    “Whatever, but Chinese are indeed true friend of Pakistan as opposed to US who is a true enemy of Pakistan … atleast no pakistani in thousands have been killed in the name of some war fought by Chinese …”

    Keep harboring terrorist and you my friend will see what you call a true enemy of Pakistan…. Instead of complaining of what you got, I prefer if you just say thank you and go on with your pathetic life that we provide for you.


  • 12thman
    Sep 17, 2011 - 3:58AM

    How soon you all forget… We gave the largest donations last year! we can do it every time when you need help.


  • Surya
    Oct 11, 2011 - 8:02PM

    Even though they promised 200 million, eventually they gave only 50 million. do your research from pakistan government sources. so much for your “all weather” friend’s generosity.


  • Surya
    Oct 11, 2011 - 8:11PM

    Who told you China gave $200m? they only promised it but gave only $50m..whereas India gave $25m in 2 instalments..check with your pakistani government sources (incl. Gilani statements)..Even then we were snubbed, refused and were asked to route via UN..Since when beggars become choosers?..So India wiser this time..No committment, no snubbing..Insult me once, shame on you, Insult me twice shame on me..


  • Prashant Bairagi
    Oct 17, 2011 - 11:43PM
  • Oct 17, 2011 - 11:48PM

    Be a human help those people those are in great trouble. They are looking toward u with thier wet eye. Nationality is not important for any aid. Help if u can


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