Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Chinese S&R helicopters to Pakistan?

If Chinese S&R helicopters are being sent to Pakistan, it marks the first foreign "non-joint exercise" deployment of the PLA LH.

Pak flood relief: China offers additional 30mn dollars, more troops and choppers
2010-09-07 16:00:00


China has offered an additional aid of 30 million dollars for flood relief efforts in Pakistan, taking their total contribution to 500 million dollars, the Chinese ambassador in Pakistan, Lui Jian, has stated.

China will also send more troops and army helicopters for rescue operations in the flood-ravaged country, the Dawn quoted Jian, in a meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, as saying.

Jian also delivered a special message from the Chinese Prime Minister to his Pakistani counterpart.

Earlier, US President Obama's special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, had criticised Beijing for not doing enough to help Pakistan, and had appealed to them to "step up to the plate" to help Islamabad to cope with the floods, which have submerged nearly one-fifth of the country.

Pledging more aid for flood-hit Pakistan, China had said it would be sending more relief material for the thousands of people affected by the worst deluge to have hit the country in the past 80 years. (ANI)
On a related note, four helicopters of the PLA 8th LH Regiment, 38th Group Army, Beijing Military Region arrived at Kazakhstan for the Peace Mission 2010 joint anti-terror military exercise.

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