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China announces 10-million-yuan cash aid to disaster-hit Indonesia on top legislator's visit
Posted: November-9-2010Adjust font size:
Wu Bangguo (L back) meets with to the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Indonesia Marzuki Alie (R back) in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, Nov. 8, 2010. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)

JAKARTA,Nov.8 (Xinhua) -- China on Monday announced 10-million- yuan aid in cash to disaster-devastated Indonesia. "To help Indonesia with disaster relief and reconstruction, China decided to offer 10-million-yuan humanitarian aid in cash to Indonesia," top Chinese legislator Wu Bangguo said in the talks with Speaker of House of Representatives of Indonesia Marzuki Alie on Monday afternoon.

Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, the country's top legislature, said China would also like to provide assistance in relief materials, medical care, victim relocation, earthquake and tsunami monitoring and post- disaster reconstruction.

Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano began erupting on Oct. 26, killing at least 135 people and displacing hundreds of thousands of people.

On the same day, a strong earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra island, triggering a tsunami and killing at least 447 people and displacing some 15,000 people.

In talks with Marzuki Alie, Wu, on behalf of the Chinese government and people, extended condolences to Indonesia as recent disasters wrecked serious havoc on the country. "I am convinced that the Indonesian people, under the leadership of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, would prevail over natural disasters and rebuild homes," Wu said.

Marzuki thanked Wu for offering aid, saying China always extended a helping hand whenever Indonesia encountered difficulties.

In their hour-long talks, Wu and Marzuki reviewed the smooth growth of bilateral ties, particularly since the two countries upgraded their relations to strategic partnership in 2005.

This is Wu's first visit to Indonesia, which coincided with the 60th anniversary of China-Indonesia diplomatic ties.

Wu and Marzuki also underscored their commitment to developing closer legislative ties, calling for more exchanges between the specialized commissions, panels and working bodies on state administration, legislation and supervision.

Indonesia was the second leg of Wu's three-nation Southeast Asia visit, which also included Cambodia and Thailand.

Wu Bangguo (R front) meets with the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Indonesia Marzuki Alie (L front) in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, Nov. 8, 2010. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)
Source: Xinhua 2010-11-08Editor: Lydia
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