New Zealand Embassy Beijing, China
Christchurch earthquake: Prime Minister Key's response to Premier Wen's condolence message
3 March 2011
People’s Republic of China
Dear Premier Wen
Thank you for your kind message of support expressing your condolences and those of the people of China following the Christchurch earthquake of 22 February 2011. The quake has already claimed many lives and we have grave fears for the lives of many more, including those of a number of your own nationals.
The tragedy resulting from this violent seismic shock is one which our two countries share. On behalf of all New Zealanders, I would like to express my condolences to your Government and the people of China. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the Chinese families who may lose loved ones in this disaster.
New Zealand is deeply grateful for the support and offers of assistance from China. The team of specialist urban search and rescue personnel that China has provided has played a valuable role in assisting the rescue and recovery operation in Christchurch. In this and other ways, China has stood as a firm friend to New Zealand at a time of great trial.
Your personal expression of sympathy will be greatly appreciated by everyone affected by the disaster.
Rt Hon John Key