Taiwan offers condolences over China quake, ready to send rescuers

After the earthquake in southwest China, which claimed at least 46 lives, President Tsai Ing-wen reportedly expressed her “sympathy and worry” for the region, according to Taiwan’s presidential office.

In a gesture of goodwill to Beijing despite recent military tensions, Taiwan’s government sent its sympathies to China on Tuesday, September 6, in response to an earthquake in the Sichuan region and declared that it was prepared to deploy rescuers.
Following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan last month, China, which asserts democratically-governed Taiwan as its own territory in defiance of the government in Taipei, has been conducting drills all over the island.

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President Tsai Ing-wen expressed her “sympathy and worry” following the earthquake that struck southwestern China on Monday, September 5, and left at least 46 people dead, according to Taiwan’s presidential office.

Tsai hopes that search and rescue operations and post-disaster recovery work will move along without incident and that regular life can return as soon as possible, the office said in a statement, in addition to offering her sympathies to the deceased and their families.
The bureau noted that it was not aware of any Taiwanese victims.

China quake: Deadly tremor rocks Sichuan city in lockdown

According to state media, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake that struck southwest China has left at least 65 people dead.

The earthquake occurred on Monday at 13:00 local time (05:00 GMT) in the province of Sichuan at a depth of 10km (6 miles).
According to local media sources, the impact destroyed telephone lines and caused mountain landslides that resulted in “major damage.”
Due to Covid regulations, about 21 million residents of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan, were told to stay inside last week.
According to the China Earthquake Networks Center, the quake’s epicenter occurred in Luding, a town in a remote mountain region 226 kilometers southwest of Chengdu.


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