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New Delhi, April 15, 2010
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today condoled the loss of lives in yesterday's earthquake in Qinghai, China and said India stood ready to render any assistance that Beijing might require.
"I have learnt with deep sorrow of the devastation wrought in Qinghai province by a severe earthquake yesterday. Your Government has reacted with commendable speed in bringing medical and other assistance to the quake-afflicted people in the disaster zone," Dr Singh said in a message to Chinese President Hu Jintao.
"The people and Government of India join the people of China in mourning the loss of so many lives, and the untold damage done to property and infrastructure," he said.
He said that, as the Chinese Government rallied to the assistance of the injured and the displaced, he wanted to assure him that the people of India shared the grief of the people of China.
"We stand ready to render any assistance that you and your Government may require of us," he added.