14 Mar '11, 1am

China has asked NZ to compensate Chinese parents who lost their children in the NZ quake

WELLINGTON (New Zealand) - CHINA has asked New Zealand to consider special compensation to parents of Chinese students killed in an earthquake last month because their loss was magnified under China's one-child policy. Seven Chinese students have been identified among the 166 confirmed deaths in the quake that devastated Christchurch city on Feb 22, and as many as 20 are still missing. Chinese Embassy official Cheng Lei said on Monday that Chinese quake victims had lost not only their only child but also a future breadwinner. He said New Zealand should consider providing additional financial assistance to those families. New Zealand tertiary education minister Steven Joyce said it would be difficult under New Zealand law to provide special compensation to one group of victims. -- AP

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