More than the hearts of the Chinese go out to their recently tragedy-stricken neighbor, Japan. The nation that suffered their own catastrophic earthquake a mere three years ago is offering all the reconstruction and relief support they can, according to China Daily Sunday.
Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi first expressed his nation’s condolences and concerns at a meeting with the foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea yesterday.
Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi first expressed his nation’s condolences and concerns at a meeting with the foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea yesterday. According to China Daily, he also stressed the importance of the strategic, diplomatic and “mutually-beneficial” relations between their nation and Japan.
Thankfully, China is currently safe from the nuclear and environmental risks facing Japan due to the aftermath of the quake (according to a separate report by China Daily). The primary nuclear plant disaster at Fukushima Daiichi, which was initially feared as being detrimental to a large proximity, was declared as having no significant affect on Chinese citizens and the local environment by the Chinese National Nuclear Emergency Coordination Committee this weekend.
In turn, the faithful neighbor is able to gear its attention toward transferring relief aid and supplies to China as well as demonstrating enhanced communication and transparency in all of their efforts.
According to CD, foreign minister Yang claims that such exemplary communication and diplomacy will serve the international partnership in many ways. China will be able to – and intends to – practice cultural sensitivity, expand trans-national interests and strategic trust, and “improve people’s [general] feelings” amidst the two countries.
The fruits of these pan-Asia relations demonstrate the importance of joining together in times of tragedy. Candle-lit vigils around the Pacific Rim (from Delhi to Long Beach, CA) illustrate the extent to which global concern reaches today. Moreover, as the political duo pictured above displayed through this regional meeting along with neighboring South Korea – who similarly pledged relief support and positive bilateral relations during this time – political or economic strife can always be set aside in order to confront Mother Nature with a united front.