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China sends assistance to Japan

Beijing –  A chartered flight to deliver China’s first round of humanitarian assistance to Japan took off from Beijing on Monday .

The aid package included 900 tents, 2,000 towels and blankets and 200 emergency lamps.

According to the spokesman at China’s Ministry of Defence, China’s military is assigned the responsibility to deliver the first batch of aid.

China will provide 30 million yuan (4.57 million dollars) in emergency humanitarian assistance to Japan to support disaster relief efforts there, China’s Ministry of Commerce said on Monday.

A 15-member Chinese rescue team started search and rescue operations on Monday morning in Ofunato city of Japan’s northeastern Iwate Prefecture, according to the website of the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo.

A massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami rocked Japan Friday, causing widespread destruction and leaving more than 1,800 people dead and thousands more missing


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