China of­fers US$100 mil­lion aid for refugees

The Myanmar Times - - World -

CHINA pledged US$100 mil­lion in hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to ad­dress the world’s big­gest refugee cri­sis and said a $1 bil­lion fund it has set up with the United Na­tions could also be used for that pur­pose.

Chi­nese Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang made the pledge at the first-ever UN sum­mit on refugees and mi­grants, called to agree on an in­ter­na­tional response to the dis­place­ment cri­sis.

“China at­taches great im­por­tance to and has taken an ac­tive part in ad­dress­ing this is­sue,” Mr Li said.

“We are com­mit­ted to shoul­der­ing our re­spon­si­bil­i­ties com­pat­i­ble with our abil­i­ties.”

He an­nounced $100 mil­lion in hu­man­i­tar­ian aid “on top of pre­vi­ous pledges” and said his gov­ern­ment was con­sid­er­ing “set­ting aside the China-UN Peace and De­vel­op­ment Fund to help coun­tries with that ef­fort”.

China an­nounced the cre­ation of the $1 bil­lion fund last year to sup­port the work of the UN. –

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