Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Chinese Billionaire Runs Personal Humanatarian Mission to Japan

Ask anyone with knowledge of the history between the two nations and you'll get one of two responses:
1) That's incredible.
2) What's the angle
From China Real Time blog:
One of China’s wealthiest men is jumping to Japan’s rescue in an attempt to aid both disaster-struck citizens and China’s global image.

Chen Guangbiao, a 42-year-old billionaire and chief executive of recycling company Jiangsu Huangpu Renewable Resources, headed to Japan Friday to personally donate rescue supplies and 13 million yen (US$158,820) to the country’s earthquake and tsunami victims, according to the Yangtze Evening News (in Chinese).

With four vans draped in Chinese national flags and wearing a suit decorated with Chinese flag stickers, Mr. Chen distributed food, water, sanitary goods, blankets and “good wishes from Chinese people” to shelters in the northeastern Japanese prefectures of Chiba, Ibaraki and Fukushima, the report said. He personally pulled three people from destroyed homes, the report said without elaborating further. 

Mr. Chen published photos of his exploits online via his verified account on Renmin Weibo, the microblogging service operated by Communist Party mouthpiece newspaper People’s Daily.
Besides delivering supplies, Mr. Chen contributed an estimated 2 million yen to street-side money boxes. “I also put my name card in the box to let them know the donor is a Chinese, an ordinary Chinese man who wants to help,” the newspaper cited Mr. Chen as saying.

Mr. Chen’s sudden generosity towards a country that once occupied parts of China has some Chinese netizens up in arms. “Chen Guangbiao’s head must have been kicked by a donkey, he’s such a national scum,” one netizen writing under the name jznhys said on China’s microblogging site NetEase Weibo. “With that money, he could have donated to poor students in rural China. What’s the point of rushing to show off in Japan?”...MORE