A food safety factory shutdown has Americans hunting for baby formula. Readying themselves for a covid-19 lockdown, Chinese in Beijing emptied store shelves. Emerging from lockdown, some in Shanghai are visiting well-provisioned markets. U.S.-China agricultural trade is booming, but many are still being left hungry. Food security, sustainability and safety remain issues.
A short list of organizations which are accepting donations and are in a position to offer assistance to those affected by the devastating earthquake that hit Southwestern China on May 12, 2008.
US-China Today's daily updates summarize quake and other stories.
May 19, 2008 update: Corporations/Organizations
USCI does not endorse any of these agencies, but each is well-known and well-regarded.
Give2Asia was created by the Asia Foundation in 2001. About 12% of its donations to various organizations in Asia have gone to disaster relief.
Red Cross of China
The Red Cross website is not functioning well at this time. www.redcross.org.cn
Donations can be sent to:
Account name: Red Cross Society of China 中国红十字会总会
For those who want to donate in RMB: you can send money to the RMB account at the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China branch below:
人民币开户行: 中国工商银行 北京分行东四南支行
Dongsi Office, Beijing Branch of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
For those who want to donate in foreign currency, you can send money to the foreign currency account at the CITIC Bank branch below:
Jiuxianqiao Branch of CITIC Bank
Hotline: (8610) 65139999
Americans can also give via GivingChina. Unlike donations directly to the Red Cross of China, donations to GivingChina.org are tax deductible.
American Red Cross: www.redcross.org/news/in/profiles/Intl_profile_ChinaEarthquake.html
AP 2060 China Relief Fund -- the Red Cross can only accept monetary donations, it has no ability to transmit supplies to China.
Amity Foundation: www.amityfoundation.org/wordpress/index.php
Amity is a Chinese Christian organization. It was established in 1985 and has focused its efforts on education and health care. It has sent its disaster relief director to Sichuan.
World Vision: online donations
Soliciting funds for diaster relief to include quake victims and cyclone victims in Myanmar.
Below is a U.S. Geological Survey map showing the intensity of the quake.
International Red Cross and Red Crescent Society Map
Tensions evident in the recent European Union-China virtual summit reflect the increasing skepticism in Europe toward China and the worries over Ukraine and economic ties as well as human rights and environmental issues.