Chinese aid to hurricane-hit Cuba tops a million dollars

HAVANA, Sept 24, 2008 (AFP) – China Wednesday donated 300,000 dollars to Cuba hit by hurricanes Ike and Gustav boosting its total aid to the island to more than one million dollars, Chinese ambassador Zhao Rong Xian said.
AFP, via ReliefWeb

Zhao delivered a message of support from Chinese President Hu Jintao on Cuban television and stressed “enterprises and institutions” such as the Chinese Red Cross, as well as the Chinese government, had donated aid to Cuba.

The Chinese company Camco International gave Cuba over 20,000 sets of electrical fittings to repair damaged power supplies, and the bus manufacturer Yutong donated over 140,000 dollars to support recovery efforts.

China is Cuba’s second largest trading partner after Venezuela, with an annual trade of over 2.5 billion dollars a year

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