China is to give another 200 million dollars in emergency flood aid to Pakistan, Premier Wen Jiabao announced during a visit to New York for a UN anti-poverty summit.
The announcement comes a month after Beijing faced sharp criticism of its relief pledges from Washington’s special envoy to Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, who called on Islamabad’s close ally to “step up to the plate” and do more to help.
“I wish to take this opportunity to announce that China will, on top of the pledged assistance, provide another 200 million dollars of assistance to Pakistan,” Wen said.
China had previously offered about 47 million dollars in aid to Pakistan following the devastating floods.
This summer, China itself has been battling its worst floods in more than a decade, which left thousands dead or missing.