Under Extreme Criticism, China Decides to Send Hospital Ship to Philippines

By Greg Torode HONG KONG, Nov 20 (Reuters) - China is sending a state-of-the-art hospital ship to the Philippines following criticism that it was slow and stingy in its response to one of the world's biggest typhoons, which killed at least 4,000 people. The Foreign Ministry in Beijing confirmed on Tuesday the deployment of the 14,000-tonne "Peace Ark" as state television … [Read more...]

No Sign Of Help For Philippines From China’s Hospital Ship

By Greg Torode HONG KONG, Nov 15 (Reuters) - While the navies of the United States and its allies rushed to the aid of the typhoon-hit Philippines, a state-of-the-art Chinese hospital ship has stayed at home and in doing so has become a symbol of China's tepid response to the crisis. The decision not to deploy the 14,000-tonne "Peace Ark", one of the newest and biggest … [Read more...]