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Leader of the Conservative Party David Cameron Pays Condolences to the Victims of the Wenchuan Earthquake

On 20 May David Cameron, leader of the Conservative Party, came to the Chinese embassy to pay condolences to the victims of the Wenchuan earthquake. Accompanied by Ambassador Fu Ying, Cameron stood in silent tribute to the victims. He then looked at the pictures of the earthquake and the relief effort. Fu Ying introduced the moving stories of the Chinese people and soldiers racing against time to save life and stressed the importance of human life in the relief efforts.

Cameron expressed his sadness at the earthquake in China which resulted in huge casualties and collapse of buildings, and in particular the deaths of students. China was quick in disaster relief and showed courage and perseverance. People help each other in face of disaster and they show deep grief and compassion in the nationwide mourning in all cities and in all walks of life. All this is moving. I would like to express my sympathy to the victims and condolences to the Chinese people.

In the condolence book, Cameron wrote: Everyone in Britain is shocked by what happened in China. Our thoughts and prayers go to the Chinese people. David Cameron for the Conservative Party.

Later Cameron was interviewed by the Chinese and British media. He said: The Chinese Government reacted quickly after the earthquake. The military and all of the society joined in the relief effort. The relief system operated at fast speed. The volunteers participated actively. The rescue work is going on and 160 hours after the disaster there were still people being saved from the ruins.

Fu Ying thanked Cameron for coming to the embassy to pay condolences. Cameron said that the British public will continue to follow the rescue work in China and pray for an early end of the difficult time and the reconstruction.