THE Peoples Republic of China (PRC) has handed over a total amount of US$100,000 which is equivalent to SBD$800,000 to the government of Solomon Islands as part of its assistance towards rehabilitation efforts in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Harold.
Counsellor Yao Ming of the Republic of China Embassy made the official handover yesterday to the Foreign Affairs and External Trade Minister Jeremiah Manele at the Prime Minister’s Office.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony HE Ming said when it comes to disaster, the Solomon Islands and China share a lot of common grounds.
Ming said just one week ago, his embassy and colleagues in Honiara have witnessed the devastating cyclone Harold, ravaging through the Solomon Islands.
“It was a big blow that affects schools, villages, and bridges across the country in particular Guadalcanal,” he said.
He said as the Chinese saying goes “when one is in difficulty and hardship, friends from all eight sides will come to his/her help. That’s Chinese philosophy.”
Ming said so with that recent devastating cyclone, the Red Cross Society of China has decided to contribute to help Solomon Islands Government in its relief efforts.
“We would also like to extend our condolences to those relatives who have lost their loved ones during Cyclone Harold. Our thoughts are always with the victims and their families.”
Meanwhile, on behalf of the government and people of Solomon Islands, Manele offered a sincere thank you to the government and people for China for that assistance.
“Your Excellency let me thank the China Red Cross through your office for their donation of US$100,000 to support our rehabilitation efforts following Tropical Cyclone Harold,” he said.
Manele said as Small Islands Developing States, Solomon Islands is constantly challenged by climate change.
He said Cyclone Harold has created a path of destruction from the Solomon Islands to Vanuatu, Fiji and onto Tonga.