Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

China urges 'one child' quake bonus

China has asked New Zealand to consider special compensation to parents of Chinese earthquake victims

China has asked New Zealand to consider special compensation to parents of Chinese students killed in an earthquake last month because their loss was magnified under China's one-child policy.

Seven Chinese students have been identified among the 166 confirmed deaths in the quake that devastated Christchurch city on February 22, and as many as 20 are still missing.

Chinese Embassy official Cheng Lei said that Chinese quake victims had lost not only their only child but also a future breadwinner.

He said New Zealand should consider providing additional financial assistance to those families.

New Zealand tertiary education minister Steven Joyce said it would be difficult under New Zealand law to provide special compensation to one group of victims.

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