Cheap China?

by gabriel_heuvelink on November 17, 2013 - 10:52pm

 

In the article "China's Philippine aid controversy" by the BBC details strange reluctance to donate funds to aid relief missions helping the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. The amount donated by China adds up to only 100,000$, compared to 20 million dollar pledged by the U.S government and 10 million dollars promised by Japan. Although the news has made headlines in the rest of the world, citizens of China are not as shocked. One woman said "It doesn't matter how much the donation is, it's the thought that counts." Not only does the small donation compare badly to other countries, but also to China's previous donations. China gave 10 million dollars to Japan after its tsunami two years ago, and 40 million dollars for countries affected by the 2004 Asian Tsunami. The article then goes on to explain the possible reasons for this inadequate aid. The main reason is the territorial disputes about islands in the South China Sea, which have become worse in the past year. Furthermore, China's state media has been painting the Philippines as the villain in the dispute, and as a result, the Chinese people dislike the Philippines and are not bothered by this lack of financial assistance. 

Personally, I find it a bit hard to judge this situation. I think that China definitely should step up to the plate and offer assistance to the Philippines even if they have territorial disputes, and not ignore the cries of help from the devastated Philippine population. However, I understand why the Chinese population might not understand the whole story, seeing as the state media has been controlling what they see.

link to the article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24938874

 

Comments

Hi! I chose to respond to your post because before choosing the article I chose to write on, I've seen a lot of articles pertaining to this issue and I found them to be quite interesting. I think that this issue is very controversial in the sense that there is no "right" answer. As the Chinese woman said, it's true I do believe that the thought counts. After all, the Chinese could've decided to not give any donation whatsoever as I'm sure not all countries in the world have. Furthermore, I don't think that the Japanese should be compared with the Philippines because I think it's evidently safe to say that the relationship between the Japanese and the Chinese isn't the same as that of the Philippines. That being said, it's only normal that people tend to give more to a group who're closer to them in comparison to people who are more distant. Of course however, I don't think that the Philippines are necessarily close to the U.S., but the U.S. the world's superpower and because of that, I believe that they're always expected to aid in these types of situations. Thus, one can say that the Philippines should maybe just be happy with what they have and to make the best of it. Overall, I enjoyed reading your post and found it to be quite informative. Nice work!

I chose to comment on this because the title caught my attention. As I was reading I found it immature that china did not donate as much as it usually does. I get that they have a conflict going on but at the end of the day we are all human beings. If my worst enemy was on the verge of death I would help them out. The fact that I do not like the person would not make this task easy, but I would still help. I agree with the citizen that said that it does not matter how much the donation is, but 200 000$ is not a lot when you compare to the millions that they gave for other natural disasters.

I chose to comment on this because the title caught my attention. As I was reading I found it immature that china did not donate as much as it usually does. I get that they have a conflict going on but at the end of the day we are all human beings. If my worst enemy was on the verge of death I would help them out. The fact that I do not like the person would not make this task easy, but I would still help. I agree with the citizen that said that it does not matter how much the donation is, but 200 000$ is not a lot when you compare to the millions that they gave for other natural disasters.

I agree with you when you say that China should step up and help the Philippines. I believe that the Philippines should receive help no matter that their conflict is with China, because it is completely unethical to let people suffer knowing that there is a way to help. Yes, China did give a sum of money but the only supposed reason why it was such a small amount compared to the 10 to 40 million given to other countries, is because there was a conflict? Is that really a reason for them to no help a country in need knowing that China has the power and money to do so? Maybe the reason why there are so many conflicts in our world today is because countries hold on to grudges from past events and watch other countries suffer, without even lifting a finger! In sum, I really appreciated your article because it helped me form my opinion on this topic and becase it is a topic that must be addressed in order to find solutions.

I commented on this summary because I noticed its title 'Cheap China', and it reminded of China's reputation of selling goods for unexpensive prices. Although the text wasn't about a subject that was expected, I found it extremely interesting. I agree with your opinion and I find it unfair that China would give a bigger amount of money for other countries and not for the Phillipines. I also find it disrespectful that they don't consider and don't aknowledge the remarks making them aware that their amount is low. I find it immature that a simple conflict could influence their low amount of money donated. A typhoon is a natural disaster, and it's not anyone's fault that it happened. The Phillippines should be helped and China needs to be more supportive as they live in the same continent.

I find this shocking, the Chinese have more then enough to help out and aid the Philippines. This is a time when you put your differences aside and put the lives and wellbeing off human beings first. I can understand the people not knowing or fully understanding the situation as they are told a different story, but regardless of the situation there are people dying and in desperate need of help. I just can't understand why send more money to other aids but not this one, to me that just doesn't make any sense if anything China has become a country that can have a huge impact on others with aid or resources, so there is no excuse to not give as much as possible. The way I see it, when people are in need of help and you are capable of it why not give as much as you can.

I find this shocking, the Chinese have more then enough to help out and aid the Philippines. This is a time when you put your differences aside and put the lives and wellbeing off human beings first. I can understand the people not knowing or fully understanding the situation as they are told a different story, but regardless of the situation there are people dying and in desperate need of help. I just can't understand why send more money to other aids but not this one, to me that just doesn't make any sense if anything China has become a country that can have a huge impact on others with aid or resources, so there is no excuse to not give as much as possible. The way I see it, when people are in need of help and you are capable of it why not give as much as you can.

I find this shocking, the Chinese have more then enough to help out and aid the Philippines. This is a time when you put your differences aside and put the lives and wellbeing off human beings first. I can understand the people not knowing or fully understanding the situation as they are told a different story, but regardless of the situation there are people dying and in desperate need of help. I just can't understand why send more money to other aids but not this one, to me that just doesn't make any sense if anything China has become a country that can have a huge impact on others with aid or resources, so there is no excuse to not give as much as possible. The way I see it, when people are in need of help and you are capable of it why not give as much as you can.

This was an interesting article just because of the amount of money China is donating to the Philippines compared to its prior donations to other countries such as Japan. Also, being compared to the United States and Japan also is an eye opener, but the factor that most people do not take into consideration is that China does no have the money to donate as well, and with China`s dispute over land with the Philippines as well does indeed make China look not as generous compared to the United States and Japan, even though the rest of the world does not know the deeper relationship between China and the Philippines. At the same time, it is the thought that counts, that 100 000$ is more than the Philippines would have had prior to the charity for them as well.

The title of your post caught my eye because I really had no idea what the post could be about but I think it works very well. I find it surprising to hear that China did not donate as much money as they normally would have to the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. In my opinion, it is almost catty. You would think that despite minor conflict, in times of need China would step up to the plate. I do like the point that you made, however, that you can see where the Chinese are coming from. The information that the Chinese are receiving could be somewhat bias. Still, I think considering how wealthy the country is they should be generous in a time of crisis. Maybe I have this viewpoint because I am so used to giving to those who are less fortunate. I was always taught that it was the kind thing to do.

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