U.S. Sends Relief Supplies to China
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2008 The U.S. military has responded to Chinese requests, delivering critically needed relief supplies to the earthquake-stricken Sichuan province.
Senior Capt. Guan Youfei, deputy director of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Chinese Ministry of National Defense (center) and U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Charles W. Hooper, U.S. military attache in Beijing, greet the first of two U.S. aircrews delivering earthquake relief supplies to China. The two C-17 U.S. Globemaster aircraft carried food, water containers, blankets, generators, lanterns and various hand tools. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, in support of the U.S. Department of State, authorized U.S. Pacific Command to support earthquake relief efforts in the People's Republic of China. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Chris Vadnais
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More than 32,000 people are known dead from the 7.9 quake that hit May 12. About 250,000 are hurt, according to Chinese government releases. Thousands remain missing and are feared dead under the rubble.
U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster aircraft from Elemendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, and Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii have delivered tents, food, blankets, lanterns, generators and other supplies directly to the airport at Chengdu, the largest city in Sichuan, officials reported.
Senior members of the People’s Liberation Army met the aircrews when they arrived.
The People’s Republic of China sent more than $5 million in aid to the United States following Hurricane Katrina in September 2005.
“The members of U.S. Pacific Command offer our sincere condolences to the citizens of the People’s Republic of China who have been affected by this recent earthquake,” said Navy Adm. Timothy Keating, the command if U.S. Pacific Command. “We will continue to provide any assistance we can to minimize their suffering and loss of life.”
The Chinese relief missions are taking place as PACOM delivers desperately needed humanitarian aid to Burma following a deadly cyclone.