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China Sends Personnel, Aid to Assist With Quake Recovery in Türkiye

Chinese search and rescue teams left from Beijing and Hangzhou on Tuesday to assist with earthquake relief efforts in Türkiye. Images via Xinhua.

China announced a series of measures to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to Türkiye and Syria in response to Tuesday’s devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that killed at least 8,000 people.

Beijing is still a relatively new actor in being able to provide rapid response to natural disasters like this in other parts of the world. Nonetheless, the Ministry of Emergency Management and China’s international aid agency CIDCA both quickly mobilized money, personnel and resources to be deployed first to Türkiye and later to Syria:

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