Manila — China has stepped up aid to the victims of the typhoon ravaged Philippines after a backlash of harsh criticisms over its “insultingly small change” donations in comparison with other nations.
With the world’s second largest economy, China announced a $100,000 cash donation on Monday, with a matching one from the Chinese Red Cross, which was criticized as far less than other countries.
The US-based Time magazine carried a report on Wednesday headlined “The world’s second largest economy off-loads insultingly small change on a storm-battered Philippines”.
“The Chinese government has been made to look mean-spirited in front of the world community,” said the article.
China and the Philippines have been involved in a long-standing row over islands in the strategically vital West Philippine Sea, or South China Sea, and Manila has accused China of asserting its claims increasingly aggressively more recently.
After the criticism, China announced an additional 10 million Yuan ($1.6 million) for relief supplies in the form of blankets, tents and other materials after the United States, Australia and other foreign nations increased their donations, said reports.
Transport planes, helicopters, ships and medics have been sent from countries in the Asia-Pacific region and Europe, and Singapore and Australia have increased the amount of relief supplies from the armed forces in their countries.