China thanks international community for quake aid

China has thanked the international community for offering assistance following yesterday's earthquake in China's south western Sichuan province, reported to have killed more than 200 people. Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in a statement:

The Chinese government and people are sincerely grateful to various means of assistances offered by some countries.

Considering the inconvenient traffic and telecommunications in quake zone, foreign rescue and medical teams and materials are not required now.

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China quake death toll rises

The number of those killed in a 7 magnitude earthquake in China on Saturday has surpassed 200. More than 11,000 people have been injured.