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China’s Vision and Pursuit of Common Prosperity

Aerial photo taken on March 24, 2020 shows farmers harvesting oranges in Liangqing District of Nanning, capital of south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.(Xinhua/Zhou Hua)

BEIJING, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) — While embarking on the journey of comprehensively building a modern socialist country, China has envisioned a future where prosperity is shared by everyone in the country.

The term “common prosperity” has been brought up several times in key official documents recently. After listing progress in common prosperity in its 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025), the country’s leadership stressed the need to pursue it and expounded on the term in a meeting last week, bringing it under the spotlight.

What is common prosperity? Why does China emphasize it? How will the country achieve it? Here are some explanations.

— What is common prosperity?

Common prosperity refers to affluence shared by everyone both in material and cultural terms, and should be advanced step by step, said the meeting on financial and economic affairs.

In particular, it emphasized that such prosperity does not cover only a few people or parts of the country.

Rather than being egalitarian at the expense of efficiency, common prosperity should be attained through hard work and innovation, with chances for more people to become wealthy.

— Why does China emphasize common prosperity?

Common prosperity is an essential requirement of socialism and a key feature of Chinese-style modernization, according to the meeting.

Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2012, the country has gradually put common prosperity in a more prominent position. Now, with victory in the anti-poverty fight and the completion of the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects, China has favorable conditions for promoting common prosperity.

The goal is also vital to improving people’s well-being. As China marches toward its second centenary goal, the focus of promoting people’s well-being entails boosting common prosperity, said the meeting.

— How will the country achieve it?

To achieve the goal, China vows to establish a scientific public policy system and a reasonable distribution system that benefits everyone. There is a focus on primary and inclusive projects that facilitate people’s well-being and guarantee their basic needs.

Highlighting the importance of appropriately dealing with the relationship between efficiency and fairness, the country plans to make basic institutional arrangements on income distribution. It also plans to expand the size of the middle-income group and adjust excessive incomes to promote social fairness and justice.

Other planned measures include protecting property rights and intellectual property rights, the healthy development of different types of capital, and the advancement of common prosperity among farmers and in rural areas, the meeting said.

Actions are already underway. According to a guideline unveiled in June, Zhejiang Province, an economic powerhouse, has been designated as a demonstration zone for promoting common prosperity.

Under the guideline, the province will strive to grow its per capita gross domestic product (GDP) to the level of moderately developed economies by 2025 and basically achieve common prosperity by 2035, with its per capita GDP and the income of urban and rural residents reaching the standard for developed countries.

Chinese Economy on Stable Track Despite Challenges

BEIJING — China’s economy maintained its recovery streak in July, despite challenges posed by the resurgence of COVID-19, extreme weather and external uncertainties.


China’s industrial production continued its expansion, with the value-added industrial output, which measures factory activities, rising 6.4 percent year-on-year in July, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).


The figure was up 11.5 percent from July 2019, bringing the average growth for the past two years to 5.6 percent, NBS data shows.


During the January-July period, China’s fixed-asset investment increased 10.3 percent year-on-year, with the average growth rate over the last two years at 4.3 percent.


The country’s retail sales of consumer goods climbed 8.5 percent year-on-year in July, resulting in an average growth of 3.6 percent over the past two years.


Floods and the resurgence of COVID-19 restrained industrial production to a certain extent, while the resumption of quarantine measures in some regions affected the recovery of consumption related to tourism, catering and other services, said Wen Bin, chief analyst at China Minsheng Bank.


In general, the cumulative growth rate of major macroeconomic indicators remained at a reasonable level, although growth in some areas of the consumption and services sectors slowed last month due to high temperatures, heavy rainfalls and sporadic COVID-19 outbreaks, said NBS spokesperson Fu Linghui.


China’s job market also remained generally stable last month thanks to increasing demand for labor and flexible job opportunities, as well as favorable policies that stabilize employment and assist college graduates and migrant workers, said Fu.


In July, the surveyed unemployment rate in urban areas was 5.1 percent, up 0.1 percentage points from June, but lower than the rates registered in the same period in 2020 and 2019.


In the first seven months of 2021, China created a total of 8.22 million new urban jobs, achieving 74.7 percent of its annual target, NBS data shows.


Fu expects China’s economy to continue its steady recovery in the second half of the year, with major macro indicators remaining within a reasonable range and the quality of development further improved.


Fu is optimistic about the country’s future consumption. The expansion of vaccination campaigns and targeted COVID-19 prevention and control measures will stabilize the market, while the increased job opportunities and household incomes will drive up consumption, he said.


In terms of industrial production, Fu highlighted the fast expansion of China’s high-tech manufacturing sector against the backdrop of the country’s increasing resilience in innovation-driven development.


In July, the sector’s output expanded 15.6 percent from the same period last year, resulting in an average growth of 12.7 percent over the last two years.


Cautioning that there are increased uncertainties in global economic resumption and challenges to domestic economic recovery, Fu said that measures will be taken to implement the cross-cycle adjustment of macro policies, tap into the potential of the domestic market, and keep the economy operating within an appropriate range.


More efforts should be made to boost domestic demand further, improve the role of infrastructure investment in stabilizing investment and growth, and ramp up support for manufacturing, micro-, small- and middle-sized enterprises, as well as inclusive and green finance, Wen said.

Wuhu Launched the Implementation of the Three-year Action Plan for SOE Reform

The Implementation of the Three-year Action Plan for SOE Reform in Wuhu (2020-2022) was officially issued recently, which provided policy guidance for further improving the performance of state capital and state-owned enterprises (SOEs ).

The implementation plan includes 8 parts and outlines 36 measures for SOE reform, mainly aiming at improving the modern corporate structure of SOEs with Chinese characteristics, stepping up improved distribution and structural adjustment in the state-owned sector, intensifying mixed ownership reform, establishing sound market-oriented operating mechanisms and the system of state assets regulation focusing on capital management, comprehensively strengthening the Party’s leadership and Party building in SOEs. In addition, the plan stresses the importance of organizational leadership of SOE reform, pressing forward with implementation, performance assessment, etc.

According to an official in charge of State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of Wuhu Municipal People’s Government, since 2020, we have actively implemented the key tasks of the three-year action plan for SOE reform, and explored the establishment of a mixed ownership reform fund for SOEs to accelerate the reform. We have encouraged SOEs in the city to actively participate in industrial investment and promoted the injection of state-owned capital in major industries and key sectors related to people’s livelihood. We have also accelerated the standardization of the board of directors of enterprises in the city and supported the restructuring and listing of enterprises.

In addition, efforts should be made to improve the system of state assets regulation focusing on capital management and accelerate the reform of the authorized management system of state-owned capital at the municipal level. We have encouraged municipal SOEs to actively carry out pilot reform of employee stock ownership, and supported qualified enterprises to provide various medium and long-term incentives, improving the quality and efficiency of state capital and SOEs. According to statistics, as of June 30th this year, the total assets and net assets of enterprises supervised by State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of Wuhu Municipal People’s Government reached 249.4 billion yuan and 105.6 billion yuan, up 8.49% and 10.29% year on year respectively.

Translated by Wang Mengxiao from Foreign Affairs Office of Wuhu Municipal People’s Government

Free Trade Zone Wuhu Area Signed An Investment Cooperation Agreement with Fuchun Dyeing and Weaving Company

On August 5th, a cooperation agreement was signed by the administrative committee of Anhui Free Trade Pilot Zone Wuhu Area and  Wuhu Fuchun Dyeing and Weaving Co., LTD. Investment Cooperation and the ceremony was held at the comprehensive center of Free Trade Zone Wuhu Area. Zhang Feng, chairman of Wuhu Municipal Committee of CPPCC and He Peifu, president of Wuhu Fuchun Dyeing and Weaving Co., LTD attended the signing ceremony.


According to the agreement, Wuhu Fuchun Dyeing and Weaving Co., Ltd. will use the relevant import management policies of Wuhu Comprehensive Bonded Zone to build an international advanced intelligent precision spinning production line and realize the high integration of industrialization and information. After completion of the project, it is expected to create about 600 new jobs, with an annual output of about 86,000 tons of cotton yarns and an output value of about 2.8 billion yuan.

Since the beginning of this year, according to the “double recruitment and double introduction” work deployment conducted by Wuhu Municipal Party Committee and Municipal Government, the administrative committee of Anhui Free Trade Pilot Zone Wuhu Area cooperated closely with Jiujiang District Government and remarkable achievements have been made in investment promotion. As of July 31, 157 investment projects have been completed in the area, with a total amount of 178.811 billion yuan. Focusing on Wuhu Comprehensive Bonded Zone, there are 35 projects with fixed asset investment of about 4 billion yuan and annual import and export value of about 500 million US dollars.

Translated by Yuan Mengwen from Foreign Affairs Office of Wuhu Municipal People’s Government

31 Provincial-level Regions Warn Against Unnecessary Travel amid Rampaging Delta Variant Infections

China urged to fill loopholes in hospitals, airports


As 31 provincial-level regions across China on Monday warned residents against unnecessary travel in light of the outbreaks fueled by the rampaging Delta variant, Chinese officials and health experts stressed the strong infectivity and transmissibility of the mutated variant and urged the country to learn lessons from the latest outbreaks to fill the loopholes of anti-epidemic work – especially in hospitals and airports where infection risks are high.


The new surge of the outbreak triggered by the Delta variant first occurred in Nanjing, East China’s Jiangsu Province, and it has since spread to 18 provinces and cities.


Residential communities – where more than 10,000 residents live – around the Guoxing community in Beijing’s Haidian district have been locked down with public places in the area being closed. Nucleic acid testing has also kicked off and 4,500 samples have been collected, Beijing health officials said at a press conference on Monday. The capital city has reported several local confirmed cases associated with infected people returning from outside.


Wuhan, capital of Central China’s Hubei Province, also reported seven local COVID-19 cases on Monday. The city hadn’t reported any local infections since June 2020.


The outbreak, which is rapidly sweeping through the nation, has exposed loopholes in Chinese cities’ daily anti-epidemic work, which sounded an alarm to the country. Chinese experts said it showed staff members at airports and designated hospitals did not conduct strict surveillance and testing of cargo and objects. They stressed that China must fix the loopholes; otherwise the country would be hit by more new mutations, as long as the overseas epidemic is not over.


Wang Guangfa, a respiratory expert at Peking University First Hospital, said airports or ports should increase the frequency of daily testing and strengthen their scrutiny of people whose work involves close connections with imported cases.


A flight from Russia was identified as the source of the infections in Nanjing. Airport cleaning staff members were infected when cleaning the cabin.


Controlling the infection source and cutting off the infection channel are the two main means to prevent and control any epidemic resurgence in China. If the people involved fail to do a good job in daily health monitoring and protection, they will become infection sources, Wang said.


Echoing Wang, Yang Zhanqiu, deputy director of the pathogen biology department at Wuhan University, said that “the outbreak in Nanjing showed that the local authorities failed to properly handle the feces of coronavirus-infected patients or trash left on planes that carried confirmed cases. This reflected significant loopholes in the management of those places.”


Other health experts also noted that Nanjing has been comparatively slow in taking action and epidemiological investigations, but fortunately the city is still in the early stage of the outbreak.


As for the infection chain in Zhengzhou, Wang Songqiang, director of the Zhengzhou Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a press conference on Saturday that the majority of the infections were related to the Sixth People’s Hospital of Zhengzhou, a designated hospital for imported COVID-19 infections. The infections involve cleaning workers, medical staffers and in-patients. It exposed the loopholes of hospitals in the implementation of infection control.


Zhengzhou reported 13 confirmed cases and 50 asymptomatic carriers as of 6 pm on Monday. The first two patients were found to be related to the patient who returned from Myanmar and they were all infected with the Delta variant, authorities from Zhengzhou said at Monday’s press conference.


In face of the Delta variant, in addition to strict epidemic control measures, experts also pointed out that faster mass vaccination is another promising move, not only in China but also in the US.


In China, the Delta variant was first identified in southern Guangdong in June, and also in Southwest China’s Yunnan. However, the experiences of dealing with the local outbreaks showed that vaccinated individuals will show comparatively milder symptoms and have a lower chance of deterioration.


Advancing mass vaccinations to reach herd immunity is also a promising method in China as Delta variant cases surge, given the vaccination rate is still not enough high.


China’s top epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan said during a speech in Guangzhou on Saturday that China needs to vaccinate about 83 percent of its population to achieve herd immunity. He also revealed that all the 13 severe cases infected with the Delta variant in Guangzhou COVID-19 outbreak in May did not get inoculated.

Over Four Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines Administered in Wuhu

According to Wuhu COVID-19 Prevention and Control Headquarters, a total of 4,014,807 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Wuhu as of August 1st. Among them, 2,217,762 people have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, which accounts for 74.95% of the target number; 1,447,794 people have finished the second shot, accounting for 49.61%; 349,251 people have completed the third jab. Those who have finished all injections of COVID-19 vaccines account for 36.52 percent of the target number. 84,182 minors aged between 15 and 17 years old have been vaccinated in the city, accounting for 85.61% of the total number in the same age group.

Counties and districts in the city publish the information of vaccination sites via WeChat official accounts every day, allowing people to be vaccinated to choose based on their needs. On August 2nd, the city starts vaccinating teenagers aged 12-14 in the downtown area against COVID-19, according to the reporter. For those aged 1214 who have no contraindications, their parents need to sign Informed Consent for COVID-19 Vaccination and bring their ID cards, household registration booklets to register personal information. It is noticed that the city has arranged centralized vaccination for adolescents aged between 15 and 17 years old. For example, the school-age students of Foreign Language School Attached to Anhui Normal University get vaccinated at the appointed time at Grand Plaza, which makes the vaccination more orderly and efficient.


Wuhu COVID-19 Prevention and Control Headquarters once again reminded the public that vaccination is the most economical and effective measure to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19. For those who have not been vaccinated, please complete the injection as soon as possible according to the arrangement, making joint efforts to protect all people in the city from being infected. In addition, it is necessary to monitor personal health conditions, be aware of personal protection, and keep “three essentials for epidemic prevention” in mind: wearing masks, practicing social distancing and maintaining personal hygiene. In case you have fever, cough, diarrhea, fatigue, reduced sense of taste and smell, or any other abnormal symptoms, you should wear disposable surgical masks or respirators of grade KN95/N95 or above, and go to the nearest fever clinic in time. With the strict implementation of COVID-19 prevention and control measures, anyone entering indoor public places must make an appointment in a staggered manner, have their temperature checked, present a green QR code, wear a mask and stand behind the one-meter line. Please avoid gatherings or crowds, and stay far from crowded venues, especially poorly ventilated places.

Translated by Wang Mengxiao from Foreign Affairs Office of Wuhu Municipal People’s Government

Team China Starts Strongly, Winning 6 Golds in First 2 Days

Team China started powerfully at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Chinese athletes have secured eleven medals in the first two days of the Tokyo Olympics, including six gold medals, putting China at the top of the medal table and the gold count at the end of Day Two. Four of the six gold medals of Chinese team so far were won by female athletes.

Housing the smallest number of spectators for an Olympics, Tokyo 2020 has been dubbed one of the coldest Olympics ever. However, Chinese fans are making it the hottest topic on the Chinese internet, and cheering for China’s medal success is just a small part of it as netizens now appreciate more the human touch side of the Olympic Games.

Continuing the good momentum of the first day when team China won three gold medals, on Sunday afternoon, the Chinese diving “dream team” delivered like they always do. Veterans Shi Tingmao and Wang Han claimed a gold medal in the 3 meter spring board, a fifth consecutive Olympic title for China. The duo led the race by a huge margin from the very start.

The fifth gold soon followed as weightlifter Li Fabin set a new Olympic record on his way to clinching gold in the weightlifting men’s 61 kilogram. On his second attempt, his clean and jerk lift of 172kilogram – also an Olympic record – saw the 28-year-old standing with the bar above his head while standing on one leg.

Chen Lijun retained the men’s 67 kilogram total gold medal with 332 kilograms, registering the sixth gold for Team China on Sunday evening.

Team China made a good start on the first day of the competition. 21-year-old shooter Yang Qian on Saturday morning claimed the first gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics in the women’s 10 meter air rifle with a record-breaking 251.8 points. Yang won over the Chinese public with her cuteness when she showed off her delicate pink finger nails and made a giant heart sign with her arms on the podium.

Later on Saturday afternoon, Hou Zhihui won a gold medal in the women’s 49 kilogram-class weightlifting, winning the second gold for the Chinese delegation. Hou broke three Olympic records in the final, making up for missing the Rio Olympics at the last minute five years ago.

Also on the first day, épée fencer Sun Yiwen edged out world No. 1 Ana Maria Popescu of Romania in a nail-biter to win a third gold for Team China.

There are some things that are much more important than winning an Olympic medal, Chinese netizens have been telling their athletes in the past few days.

In the same event in which Yang Qian won the first gold medal for Team China, Yang’s teammate, shooter Wang Luyao, went out in the preliminaries. After the contest, Wang posted a selfie on China’s Twitter-like social platform Sina Weibo and said that she had “chickened out.”

Wang was then fiercely attacked by some netizens, who said that “this is not a reasonable attitude to take when you lose.” Some even said that Wang “does not deserve to represent her country.” Wang later deleted the post.

Responding to extreme emotional outbursts of netizens, more of the public immediately voiced strong support for Wang. They flooded Wang’s Sina Weibo account to express their love and backing for her, while condemning online violence. The hashtag “Wang Luyao is still an amazing girl” quickly rose to the top of Sina Weibo’s trending list and remained there for a long time.

A total of 65 Weibo accounts have been muted from 90 to 180 days for maliciously attacking Olympic athletes as of Sunday.

Several Chinese media outlets also published articles expressing their support for Wang. “Every Chinese athlete deserves our pride,” wrote the Beijing Evening News.

As China’s national strength continues to grow, the country has long passed the era where the attitude of “Only the championship counts” prevailed. Now people appreciate more the spirit of participation, fight till the end and perform your best.

Both China’s athletes and spectators have been gaining a greater appreciation for what the Olympics embodies – the Olympic spirit, the intergenerational legacy of athletes, the toughness of veterans and the sharpness of newcomers, and even the stories behind the Games’ losers.

On Sunday afternoon, China’s women’s volleyball team, a traditional favorite to win medal, suffered a crushing 0-3 loss to Turkey in its Olympic debut match. On the Chinese women’s volleyball team’s social media, while some fans complained about their performance, many expressed their belief in the athletes and their concerns over the injury suffered by main player Zhu Ting in their messages.

Many fans of women’s volleyball also recalled the Rio Olympics five years ago, when the Chinese women’s volleyball team won two and lost three matches in the group stage in a shock fourth group result, but eventually went on to win the title in a legendary finale. “I hope the girls can bounce back again,” wrote one netizen on Sina Weibo, “but even if they don’t, I’ll still be proud.”

Chinese viewers are paying more attention to the stories behind the athletes rather than just the wins and losses.

Netizens lauded Jiang Ranxin and Sheng Lihao, the two athletes who were born after year 2000 and won medals in shooting events, as “the hope of the future.” Netizens also marveled at the mentality of 36-year-old Pang Wei, who is competing in the Olympics for the fourth time, and 30-year-old Wang Han, who is making her Olympic debut. Netizens have also been following Olympic stories from distant lands – such as the 41-year-old Iranian night nurse who won a gold medal.

Shadow of COVID-19

The host city of Tokyo reported 1,763 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, as Japan struggles to contain a new wave of infections amid the Olympics, marking the sixth straight day of over 1,000 cases. Daily new infections in the capital averaged 1,453.6 in the week to Sunday, compared with 1,068.3 the previous week.

On Sunday, the first COVID-19 infection of an Olympics athlete was confirmed, local media outlet Kyodo News reported on Sunday afternoon. Dutch rower Finn Florijn tested positive for COVID-19 after competing on Friday, but rowing events on Sunday were held as scheduled.

The committee reported a total of 10 new infections related to the Olympics on Sunday, including another athlete from overseas, bringing the total since the beginning of this month to 132.

The Global Times reporter noted in the Olympic venues in the mix zone that the Organizing Committee has been fairly strict in managing epidemic prevention among athletes and media personnel during and after events. For example, the distance between each press member is set at 1 meter, and distance between players is set at 2 meters. There is also a no standing zone to help maintain distance between press members and competitors.

However, the GT reporter also noted that from time to time, some press members ignored these measures, such as standards of mask wearing or social distance requirements. Previous media reports have also pointed out the possibility of media personnel coming into contact with Tokyo citizens.

Based on the current lax manner in the way some Olympic event personnel and venues are implementing epidemic prevention measures, there may be an increase in Olympic-related cases in the future, observers noted. If it leads to more athletes becoming infected, more game rescheduling may also be possible.

Typhoon In-Fa Lands in East China, Second Landfall Expected

Photo taken on July 25, 2021 shows tourists walk on East Nanjing Road in Shanghai, east China as Typhoon In-Fa lashes the city. (Xinhua/Fang Zhe)

Typhoon In-Fa made landfall in east China’s Zhejiang Province at noon on Sunday, packing winds of up to 38 meters per second at its center, according to the provincial flood control headquarters.

The typhoon — the sixth of this year — hit land in Putuo District, Zhoushan City, at approximately 12:30 p.m., the headquarters said.

Weather authorities have forecast the typhoon will make a second landfall in coastal areas between Zhejiang’s Jiaxing City and Jiangsu Province’s Qidong City on Sunday night.

It is expected to linger in east China after its second landfall and bring continued strong rainstorms to the Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Anhui provinces, and Shanghai.

The typhoon started to wreak havoc in Zhejiang on Saturday, bringing heavy downpours, strong gales and floods. More than 6 km of roads in Zhoushan have been inundated by seawater.

The Zhejiang provincial flood control headquarters upgraded its emergency response for Typhoon In-Fa to the highest level, Level I, at Saturday noon. As of Sunday noon, about 17,000 fishing vessels had returned to ports for shelter, and over 1.5 million people across the province had been evacuated to safe places.

Zhejiang has opened more than 12,000 temporary shelter facilities to the public.

In the neighboring megacity of Shanghai, Typhoon In-Fa had felled over 1,000 trees and caused waterlogging in several places as of Sunday noon.

More than 2,000 rescue teams in the city are on stand-by.

The Shanghai metro at Sunday noon announced the suspension of services on several lines. As of 1:30 p.m. Sunday, a total of five metro lines, Line 3, Line 5, Line 16, Line 17, the Pujiang Line, and Shanghai’s Maglev Line, suspended operations.

All inbound and outbound flights at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport and Hongqiao International Airport were canceled on Sunday.

All inbound high-speed trains for Shanghai’s railway stations will be canceled starting from 7 p.m. Sunday, according to railway authorities.

As of 2 p.m. Sunday, nearly 130 tourists spots in Shanghai, including the Shanghai Disney Resort, the Oriental Pearl Tower, and the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, had closed over safety concerns.

About 360,000 people in Shanghai have been evacuated, and more than 1,700 vessels have returned to ports, the municipal flood control headquarters said.

Chery Holding Group Donated 35 Million Yuan to Help Henan

Recently, Henan province was hit by a natural disaster of continuous heavy rainfall rarely seen in history, which caused huge losses and pulled the heart strings of people all over the country. On July 22, Chery Holding Group decided to donate 35 million yuan to Henan province.

Of the 35 million yuan donated by Chery Holding Group, 20 million was used for post-disaster relief work through Kaifeng Red Cross. A special fund of 15 million will be used for rescue and repair services of damaged vehicles for customers of various brands of Chery Holding Group.

It is understood that the brands of Chery Holding Group, such as Chery, Exeed, Jetour, Cowin Auto and Karry are devoted to cooperating with the local government in Henan on flood control and relief work.

Translated by Yuan Mengwen from Foreign Affairs Office of Wuhu Municipal People’s Government

Car Manufacturers Send Donations to Flood-Hit Henan

Carmakers are rushing to extend helping hands to residents and car owners suffering from the deluge caused by continuous heavy rainfall in Central China’s Henan province.

Donations from companies including Nio, Geely and Mercedes-Benz have totaled over 150 million yuan ($23.21 million), with the list of companies still growing.

Local companies including SAIC Maxus and Sino-foreign joint ventures including FAW-Volkswagen and Dongfeng Peugeot are not donating money but are offering rescue services to those in need.

Chinese startups Nio, Xpeng and Li Auto were the quickest to respond. The three made their announcements on Wednesday afternoon, with a combined donation of 40 million yuan.

“The heavy rainfall and its damage caused in Zhengzhou and other parts of Henan concern every one of us. We would like to send our sympathies to them,” said Nio CEO William Li.

Other Chinese companies soon followed. In the late afternoon of Wednesday, BYD, Geely and Great Wall Motors made public their donations of money and disaster relief goods including drones.

The three leading private carmakers’ combined donation totaled 70 million yuan. BYD is opening all its dealerships in Zhengzhou, capital city of Henan province, to local residents for urgency needs.

Also on Wednesday, Mercedes-Benz announced a donation of 10 million yuan to Henan. The German premium car brand said it has also coordinated vehicles in neighboring provinces and cities to offer rescue services for its dealers and car owners in Henan.

State-owned Chery Automobile announced on Thursday morning that it will donate 35 million yuan to the rainfall-affected cities in Henan province.

Local Chinese companies including Changan, SAIC Maxus as well as joint ventures including FAW-Volkswagen and Dongfeng Peugeot are offering rescue services to local residents and car owners.

But Dongfeng Peugeot’s hotline staff said it was not aware of the move and had no rescue vehicles or food when it was contacted by locals on late Wednesday.

The Sino-French joint venture soon apologized on its Sina Weibo account for not being fully prepared. It said a contingent team and four dealerships in Zhengzhou are already in place, saving 106 vehicles stranded in water by the early morning of Thursday.