Baird Extends Condolences to Chinese People after Earthquake

July 22, 2013 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“On behalf of all Canadians, I express my heartfelt condolences to the friends and families of those who lost loved ones in the devastating earthquake that struck Gansu Province.

“I would also like to wish a speedy recovery to the hundreds of people injured in this tragic event.

“Canada stands ready to assist China if requested.”

Canadian citizens in Gansu Province requiring emergency consular assistance should contact the Canadian embassy in Beijing at +86 10 5139 4000 or call Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s Emergency Watch and Response Centre collect at 613‑996‑8885. An email can also be sent to

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