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Taiwan offers assistance in wake of deadly blasts in China

Taipei, Aug. 13 (CNA) Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) and Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) have expressed concern and offered help to Chinese authorities in the wake of a series of deadly explosions that rocked the port city of Tianjin on Wednesday night, MAC Deputy Minister Wu Mei-hung said Thursday. He said the Ministry of Economic Affairs has also contacted the Taiwanese businessmen's association in Tianjin to learn more about the situation there. According to international media reports, a shipment of explosives detonated Wednesday in a warehouse in Tianjin, a major Chinese port city, killing at least 44 people and injuring more than 500. Fan Liqing, a spokesperson for China's Taiwan Affairs Office under its State Council, said Thursday that only one Taiwanese was known to have been injured in the blast. The worker, who is employed at a Taiwanese-invested paper manufacturing plant, suffered minor cuts when the plant's dormitory windows were shattered by the explosions, Fan said. Some 20 Taiwanese-invested companies have suffered property damage, mainly broken windows, she said. Taiwan's opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Thursday also extended condolences to the families of those killed in the explosion. The DPP, meanwhile, expects that the Taiwan government will be fully informed about the safety of Taiwanese businessmen in China, said the party's spokesman Wang Min-sheng (???). (By S.L. Chang and Lillian Lin)

Updated : 2021-09-27 04:08 GMT+08:00