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China paper assails US response to Katrina
Updated: 2005-09-09 09:01

People's Daily, assailed the U.S. response to Hurricane Katrina, saying Washington had been negligent and looters showed the dark side of American life.

"In the face of the hurricane, Americans accepted the challenge but failed to beat it off," the newspaper said in an editorial on its English-language Web site this week.

"This is really a shame on the United States," it said. "New Orleans has become Baghdad."

The Chinese government has expressed its sympathy to Katrina's victims, sending the U.S. a $5 million donation plus tents, bedding and electricity generators.

The editorial accused the U.S. government of cutting disaster relief funds, which it said slowed rescue efforts after the hurricane.

"For the Bush administration, 'unexpected' perhaps can be a lame excuse, but it can never explain away the government negligence of duty," the editorial said.

It also heaped scorn on looters and snipers who, it said, exposed "the fragility of American society."

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