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China sends medical team to Lebanon

The Chinese government will send a team of doctors and equipment to Lebanon after the port explosion that left more than 5,000 injured and at least 137 dead, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Thursday.

Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said that Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message of condolences to Lebanese President Michel Aoun after the explosion: “As a Lebanese friendly country, China is willing to continue to provide assistance, within its capabilities, for Lebanon to overcome the difficulties ”, said Wang, in a press conference.

China is a major customer of Middle East oil and gas and, in recent years, has tried to increase its influence in the region, as an alternative to the USA and Europe.

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