As the USS George Washington aircraft carrier sailed out of Hong Kong on Tuesday for the Philippines to help the devastated nation recover from typhoon Haiyan, China was unveiling its own relief effort: a donation of $100,000 in cash.
The US response to the catastrophe – sending nine navy ships to help the relief operations – stands in stark contrast to China’s donation, which amounts to just 2 per cent of what South Korea has offered the Philippines…
…The US has for decades helped its allies and others in the Pacific respond to disasters, including the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan.
James Stavridis, a retired admiral and dean of Tufts University’s Fletcher School, says the US has been focusing more on such operations in recent years.
“We have always taken that kind of approach but over the past 10 years, we have put more emphasis on it,” says Mr Stavridis, a former head of US Southern Command.
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