IKEA outdoes China in Philippines relief

The outpouring of international aid to the Philippines makes China’s contribution for typhoon relief look like a trickle: even Swedish furniture chain IKEA and beverage giant Coca-Cola have done more than the world’s second-largest economy. That won’t help Beijing’s campaign to win over neighbors with its soft power.ikea_dadaab_development

China has pledged less than $2 million in cash and materials, compared to $20 million provided by the United States, which also launched a massive military-driven rescue operation that includes an aircraft carrier.

Another Chinese rival, Japan, on Friday pledged another $20 million in aid, raising its total to $30 million, and offered to send troops, ships and planes. Australia is giving $28 million, and IKEA has offered $2.7 million through its charitable foundation. The Coca-Cola Company said Friday it is donating more than $2.5 million in cash and aid material, including 129,000 cases of water.

China’s reluctance to give more — driven by a bitter feud with Manila over overlapping claims in the South China Sea — dents its global image at a time when it is vying with Washington for regional influence.

“China has missed an excellent opportunity to show itself as a responsible power and to generate goodwill,” said Zheng Yongnian, a China politics expert at the National University of Singapore. “They still lack strategic thinking.”

Source: US News

One Comment on “IKEA outdoes China in Philippines relief”

  1. What a slap in the face – and embarrasing for China. Talk about loss of ‘Face’. They would have been better off not sending any contribution at all!

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