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China quake survivors spend second night in freezing cold

Battling bitingly cold weather and a lack of oxygen, rescue workers clawed with their bare hands through the rubble of homes and schools toppled by the 6.9 magnitude quake that hit Yushu county in Qinghai province on Wednesday.

Officials said medical teams and supplies such as tents and quilts were on their way to the zone, where doctors set up makeshift hospitals to treat victims of the deadliest quake in China in two years.

But thousands spent another night without shelter in freezing temperatures after the quake destroyed almost all the mudbrick and wooden houses in Jiegu, the local capital, and flattened schools.

“I lost my husband and I lost my house,” Gandan, a Jiegu resident, told AFP, her son and daughter at her side. All three were living in a tent with other people, with one bowl of barley to share.

“We don’t know what to do, we have no food,” she said, standing by the tent a stone’s throw from her collapsed mud and brick house.

China quake devastates stunned town

The number who perished rose to 760, including dozens of children, while 11,477 were injured, the official Xinhua news agency said, quoting rescue coordinators.

The death toll is expected to rise further, with 243 still buried, and local officials say they were short of medical supplies and large digging equipment.

“The rescue job in this disaster zone faces many difficulties,” said Miao Chonggang, of the China Earthquake Administration, which is coordinating more than 7,000 rescuers.

President Hu Jintao cut short a Latin American tour and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao postponed a trip to Southeast Asia.

Hu told a news conference in Brasilia the quake was “a huge calamity which resulted in big losses of human life”.

Chinese president calls quake ‘huge calamity’

Wen on Thursday visited the quake zone, an underdeveloped area of the Tibetan plateau known as the “Roof of the World”.

“The top priority is to save people. We will never give up even if there is only a slim hope,” Wen told a meeting at the quake-relief headquarters in Yushu, according to Xinhua.

Soldiers, police and firefighters used shovels, iron bars and bare hands to dig through the mangled piles of concrete and rubble from 15,000 toppled homes.

Foreign governments offered help as international aid officials warned that the priorities would be providing shelter, medical aid, food and water and ensuring sanitation to prevent the spread of disease.

Meanwhile tens of thousands of Internet users have been showing their solidarity with the quake victims by posting virtual flowers in online “mourning halls” and donating to appeals, Xinhua said.

Jiegu lies around 800 kilometres (500 miles) by road from the provincial capital Xining, about 4,000 metres above sea level, meaning rescue workers from outside the region struggled to cope with the lack of oxygen.

The government said electricity and phone links had been restored to dozens of towns but the difficult terrain, including deep canyons, and the bitter cold and remoteness of the area were hampering rescue efforts.

Dazed survivors told harrowing stories of loved ones crushed under their homes.

“There are 10 people in my family and only four of us escaped. One of my relatives died. All the others are buried under the rubble,” Samdrup Gyatso, 17, told Xinhua after his two-storey home crumbled.

Facts on China quake zone

Among the dead were at least 66 pupils and 10 teachers, Xinhua said, quoting local authorities, as grieving parents waited for news near the ruins of the schools, where discarded school books and clothes lay.

Xinhua said a baby boy had been born in a tent near the epicentre shortly after the quake.

“It must be the first life that came to the world after the disaster,” Huang Changmei, a doctor, told the agency.

“The baby brought hope to the ruined place.”

The devastation was reminiscent of the huge quake in May 2008 in Sichuan province, where thousands of children were among 87,000 deaths when their shoddily-constructed schools collapsed.

Schoolbooks strewn in China quake rubble as children perish

Xu Mei, of the education ministry, denied a media report that around 200 children had been buried in the ruins of a primary school in Wednesday’s quake.

In Beijing, Zou Ming, the head of the government’s disaster relief department, said nearly 40,000 tents, 120,000 articles of clothing, 120,000 quilts and food were being dispatched.

Sensitive to the Dalai Lama during the US-India competing to pull a “beating” China


Former U.S. President George W. Bush met with the Dalai Lama during his tenure

Sensitive to the Dalai Lama during the US-India competing to pull a “beating” China

More recently, the whereabouts of the Dalai Lama caused a lot of media attention. Following the recently accused of “playing political cards by natural disasters,” trip to Taiwan, the Dalai Lama’s spokesman has announced that the Dalai Lama to the United States next month, also plans to visit, and hopes to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama. In addition, the Dalai Lama is also scheduled for mid-November to the Sino-Indian dispute, currently under the control of China, India, southern Tibet (India called “Arunachal Pradesh”). Some analysts have pointed out that the Dalai Lama chose Obama in November’s visit to China and India, the Sino-Indian border dispute, the media stir a new round of channeling the occasion of his visit, but wanted to expand its international impact; the other hand, the US-India At such moments playing the “Dalai card”, the intention is pondering.

Obama’s aides went to see the Dalai Lama, India

September 14, to the White House senior adviser Valerie. Gute Le headed a U.S. delegation in India, Dharamsala (the Dalai Lama in India’s “lair”), met with the Dalai Lama. After the meeting, the Dalai clique said in a statement the two sides “discussed the Tibet issue in Washington to help solve practical way”, and “looking forward to, after Obama’s visit to China to meet with him.”

According to the Dalai clique’s above statement, Agence France-Presse analysts say, the Dalai Lama seemed to dispel fears that he will work with Obama during his visit met with speculation. However, India – Asia News Agency, 13, quoted sources as saying the Dalai Lama side, the Dalai Lama and Barack Obama in the form of this meeting, “the process of being agreed.”

The United States by the Dalai Lama to please human rights groups in

For the Dalai Lama’s visit to plan a new round of channeling, the Chinese government has expressed strong protest. However, the U.S. recently, or to send a delegation to India and the Dalai Lama met several members of the Group, including a senior aide to the Dalai Lama Lodi A Day. “Hindustan Times” on the 14th analysis, which indicates that the Dalai clique and the United States talked about the Tibetan “autonomy”, because Lodi previously served as special envoy of the Dalai Lama, has held talks with the Chinese central government.

Obama’s visit to China, Why the United States went so far as to send a high-level officials to meet Dalai Lama in India? Analysts believe that the Obama administration may want to face to face with the Dalai Lama to finalize some details of his visit to the United States, in particular whether he met with Obama, or in what form to meet the problem. Obama’s support has steadily declined in China, the United States Government may want to find a way neither excessively stimulate China, while the way to please the domestic human rights organizations. On September 10, the U.S. State Department spokesman Kelly went so far as talking about the Dalai Lama when he called the “world’s most important spiritual leader” and declared that the United States has encouraged China and the Dalai clique, “a more open communication.”

Since 1991, Bush met with the Dalai Lama has served as President of the United States for domestic political needs, have met with the Dalai Lama. However, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences United States expert Zhang Liping In an interview with “World News” interview, said that if Obama’s visit to China on the eve of meeting with the Dalai Lama, then this opportunity is indeed “very inappropriate”, will undoubtedly undermine the visit atmosphere. If the Dalai Lama said in a statement really like the head of it, only “looking forward to Obama’s visit to China after meeting with him”, and that the damage to Sino-US relations will be relatively smaller.

India by the Dalai Lama’s declaration of “sovereignty”

Obama’s first visit to China not only chosen to visit the United States before the channeling, the Dalai Lama recently Jiuhuazhongti that would like to visit in mid-November “Arunachal Pradesh.” The “state” generally refers to the concocted by the British colonialists, “McMahon Line” and the Sino-Indian border in the region between the traditional, but the Chinese government has never recognized, “McMahon Line.”

As early as last year, the Dalai Lama that the intention to go to the “Arunachal Pradesh” visit, but was unable to get official permission in India. In view of recent Indian media is exaggerating the Sino-Indian border tension, the Dalai Lama’s visit timing suspicious. Although the Dalai clique has argued that the Dalai Lama to “Arunachal Pradesh” is a well-deserved Buddhists invited purely as a “spiritual and religious journey,” has nothing to do with politics, but as parts of Taiwan, like Dalai Lama, their apparent The political color is written off in any way unclear.

Channeling the Dalai Lama’s visit to “Arunachal Pradesh” program, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said recently that the Chinese side expresses its grave concern about the message that this further exposes the nature of Dalai clique’s anti-separatist. China’s strong reaction to the Indian officials actually stated: “The Dalai Lama in India travel is unlimited.”

Diplomatic observers in New Delhi, according to media quoted as saying that Beijing had given the pressure, India has not agreed to the Dalai Lama to “Arunachal Pradesh” visit. But this time, in the Indian media continue to hype the so-called “China military cross-border provocations,” or “send more troops to the border of China,” such an atmosphere, India might want to use the Dalai Lama agreed to go to the “Arunachal Pradesh” visit to highlight the right The “state” sovereignty.

Analysts believe that although the Indian army has denied China’s military “invasion” of India like the territory of the reports, but if the Indian Government to allow Dalai Lama to flee to visit the disputed area, it only shows that the Indian government and the media is to sing the “double reed” .

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