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China's TAO offers to help with Taiwan's quake relief efforts

2016/02/06 13:00:12

In Tainan's Gueiren District.

Taipei, Feb. 6 (CNA) Mainland China said Saturday it was willing to assist in the wake of a 6.4 magnitude earthquake that stuck southern Taiwan earlier in the day.

Ma Xiaoguang (馬曉光), spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) under the State Council, was quoted by Xinhua News Agency as saying that the mainland was willing to provide rescue and relief assistance to Taiwan, if necessary.

Beijing-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), the semi-official body responsible for exchanges with Taiwan in the absence of government-to-government contact between the two sides, will formally raise the issue soon with its Taiwanese counterpart the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), Ma said.

According to Ma, ARATS has been in contact with the SEF since 6:00 a.m. and offered its condolences after the quake, which struck southern Taiwan at 3:57 a.m. Saturday.

(By Flor Wang; click here for the full coverage of the earthquke aftermath.)