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As the Christchurch Earthquake death toll rises—and the search for hundreds of missing people continues—we at WildChina want to take a moment to offer our condolences to all the victims of this tragedy.

A Message for New Zealand

The world watches anxiously, having just turned the page on a year that saw one of history’s deadliest earthquakes (in Haiti) and one of its strongest (in Chile). Earthquake disasters recall painful memories in China, where powerful earthquakes in Sichuan in 2008 and Qinghai last year together claimed the lives of more than 70,000 people.

Our heartfelt thoughts and hopes are with all the deceased, wounded and surviving residents of Christchurch as they confront the aftermath of the earthquake and begin the rebuilding process.

After a national moment of silence for the Sichuan Earthquake victims in 2008, mourners in Beijing’s Tian’anmen Square chanted, “Jiayou Zhongguo! Jiayou Sichuan! (Go China! Go Sichuan!), urging on the battered psyches of the Chinese people.

From all of us in Beijing: Jiayou New Zealand! Jiayou Christchurch!

Image: Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald, via Associated Press

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