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British Government Made Active Efforts to Procure Tents for China's Earthquake-stricken Areas

On 19 May, 2008, Douglas Alexander, Secretary of State for International Development said that the British government is making great efforts to purchase tents for the earthquake-stricken Sichuan Province in China.

During the phone call with Ambassador Fu Ying, Alexander once again expressed his sincere sympathy to people of quake-hit areas in China. Alexander said that he learned of the severe disaster by TV and appreciated the excellent large-scale relief operation by the Chinese government. The British government will provide relief supplies worth 1,000,000 million in addition to 1 million in cash donations pledged to China. The government has procured all the tents in stock for winter totaled 5,500 and planed to airlift these tents to Sichuan Province in the next few days to meet the urgent needs of the affected areas. Moreover, Britain also provided assistance in terms of communications facilities to the earthquake-stricken areas.

On behalf of the Chinese government, Fu Ying expressed her thanks for all the support and help of the British government and people to the earthquake-stricken areas in China. She also introduced the latest developments in the disaster-hit areas and the joint efforts of people throughout China in relief and rescue work.