Unemployed: China will help out. Loved ones lost in the earthquake? China will pay. Kids killed by poisoned milk: not to worry.
China’s Prime Minister Wen Jiabao just visited survivors of last May’s earthquake which devastated large parts of Sichuan province last year to help them celebrate the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival.
Many Chinese lost family members, children and friends in the earthquake, along with their homes, jobs and towns.
China Premier’s gifts to Europe come with price-tags
Wen cooked spicey Chinese stew and handed out money to some earthquake victims. The cooking was done in a government tent shelter.
Above: Prime Minister Wen Jiabao in Sichuan Province, in a photo distributed by the official Chinese news agency. Yao Dawei/Xinhua, via Reuters
China’s state run media said about 75 million earthquake victims got the equivalent of $15.00 to help them celebrate the New Year. Per family.
Isn’t this called “papering over” trouble?
China’s state-run Xinhua news agency also announced on Monday that the government is to help train as many as one million jobless college graduates over the next three years.
Graduates will also be offered small loans to help them start their own businesses.
Let’s hope it’s more than fifteen bucks.
Experts say there are more than 20 million newly unemployed people in China, many of them migrants. China is worried that unemployment will cause social unrest.
But analysts say the education and job-start programs show the government’s increasing concern with rising unemployment.
Tomorrow Mr. Wen travels to Europe to pass out goodies.
There hasn’t been an earthquake in Europe unless you count the global economic melt-down.
Lets hope fifteen U.S. dollars doesn’t buy China any loyalty in Paris, London and elsewhere. Oh, excuse us, Paris is not on Mr. Wen’s itinerary….
President Sarkozy’s love of the Dalai Lama cost him at least $15.00….and China’s love….
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The China Dairy Industry Association has claimed that 90 percent families of the victims in the country’s tainted milk scandal have been compensated.
Without disclosing the compensation amount, the association said that families of 262,662 children who were sickened after drinking the melamine-contaminated milk products had signed compensation agreements and accepted compensation, the chinaview.com reports.
Out of the families of six dead children and 891 other infants, all except two had accepted compensation, the association said. However, families of 23,651 sickened children have yet to be reached mainly because of wrong or untrue registration of names, it added.
There are only a handful of families of sickened children who want to realize their rights and interests by filing lawsuits and did not accept compensation, it said.
The Chinese Health Ministry has confirmed deaths of six infants who died after consuming contaminated milk products, whereas 296,000 infants suffered kidney stones and other urinary problems.
In a letter sent to victims last month, Sanlu Group which was at the center of the scandal along with 21 other dairy companies, offered 200,000 yuan for families whose children died and 30,000 yuan for serious cases such as kidney stones and acute kidney failure. The less severe case victims got 2,000 yuan as damage.
The dairy companies have also set up a fund to pay the medical liabilities of the sickened children until they reach the age of 18.Read the rest from ANI and New Karala: