Date: Feb 10, 2016
By: Staff writer, with CNA
The government has extended its appreciation to Japan, the US and China
for their generosity in the wake of the magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck southern Taiwan early on Saturday, killing at least 41 people.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday thanked Japan for pledging US$1 million to help with relief efforts and offering other forms of aid.
Japanese Cabinet Chief Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that Tokyo was donating US$1 million via its Red Cross to help with relief and reconstruction efforts.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also expressed sympathy for the earthquake victims in a message to President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) shortly after the quake struck; the message was delivered by Interchange Association, Japan Secretary-General Takashi Hamada.
Abe said in the message that the Japanese government was willing to provide Taiwan with human and material support. [FULL STORY]