By: Lin Yi-feng, Tony Liao and Romulo Huang
Taipei, Feb. 11 (CNA) Taiwan expressed again its appreciation Thursday to the United States for the sympathy and generous donations it has made for victims in the wake of the devastating earthquake that hit hard the southern part of Taiwan on Feb. 6.
In a statement issued Thursday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that shortly after deadly temblor, U.S. senior officials and lawmakers had expressed their sympathy with Taiwan for the loss of lives in the magnitude 6.4 earthquake.
Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel expressed again on Feb. 10 U.S. government’s condolences, and reiterated that both U.S. government and people would continue to extend assistances as they can, the ministry said.
The U.S. government announced after the fatal earthquake that it would donate US$500,000 to the Taiwan-based Red Cross Society of the Republic of China to help with relief efforts, it said. [FULL STORY]