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China contributes $13.5 mln to WFP

China has donated almost $13.5 million worth of food and services to the World Food Program (WFP) since 2000, the bulk of the funding going to Africa, the Beijing office of the WFP said on Wednesday.

The World Food Program hoped to work better with China on providing emergency assistance to needy countries and to utilize China's experience and technologies in disaster relief, mine clearance, and transportation of relief materials, John Powell, WFP deputy executive director, said at a seminar co-organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the WFP.

The WFP would send a delegation to China at the end of July and would like to invite more Chinese suppliers to bid for WFP programs for procuring grains, commodities and services. China ended its 26-year history as a WFP food recipient at the end of 2005 and became the agency's third largest donor after the United States and European Union in the same year. It donated about $30 million worth of food and services to the WFP in 2006.

Established in 1963, the world's largest humanitarian agency has spent $30 billion to date and offers more than 47 million metric tons of food to 90 million people annually on average. (people.com.cn)