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Chinese Embassies Mourn Quake Victims

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Chinese embassies and consulates overseas have also paid their tributes to the quake victims in Yushu as part of China's mourning activities.

In Russia, the Chinese embassy in Moscow started its mourning at 8 pm local time, midnight in Beijing on Tuesday. The Chinese national flag in front of the embassy was lowered to half-mast. Staff observed a three minute silence in honor of more than 2,000 victims claimed by the devastating Yushu quake.

Li Hui, Chinese ambassador to Russia, said, "The embassy and all its staff have expressed strong concern and condolences for the Yushu earthquake victims. We collected voluntary donations a couple of days ago in an effort to contribute to rescue and reconstruction work. We believe people in the quake zone will overcome all the difficulties and hardships, and rebuild their homes as soon as possible."

In Rio de Janerio, Brazil, the Chinese Consulate-general also staged mourning activities. Bunches of flowers were placed at the center of the memorial hall,and embassy staff lit candles to commemorate those killed in the Yushu earthquake on April 14th.

An embassy official said, "We believe under the leadership of the central government, and with the support of the great number of people, residents of Yushu can rebuild their homes soon."

Although thousands of kilometers away from China, they say they are together with Yushu, facing and fighting the disaster.

(CCTV April 22, 2010)