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'Sorrow' over Taiwan's losses

HU Jintao, the Communist Party of China's top official, said yesterday that the mainland feels sorrow for the victims of Taiwan's most devastating storm in a half century.

"We share the same feeling with Taiwan compatriots, especially the ethnic minorities, who suffered serious life and property loss in the recent disaster. We are very much concerned," said Hu, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee.

Hu expressed condolences for the typhoon victims to an actor-turned-politician, Kao Chin Su-mei, who led her fellow ethnic minorities in Taiwan to visit the mainland.

As of noon yesterday, 136 people were confirmed dead in Taiwan and 45 were injured. More than 500 people were still buried under mudslides in two mountainous villages.

"The difficulties Taiwan compatriots are facing mean the same to us," Hu said. "We will continue helping them in rescue and relief as well as support them in rehabilitation."

State Council Taiwan Affairs Office spokeswoman Fan Liqing said yesterday that the mainland was "keen to lend a hand."

So far the mainland has donated about 176 million yuan (US$26 million) and 25 million yuan worth of disaster relief materials to Taiwan.


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