Chinese outcry over gift of school buses

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The Independent Online

China's donation of school buses to Macedonia has provoked an angry response, with Chinese calling the gift ill-considered given their country's poor safety record and a recent crash that killed 19 children.

The government's gift of 23 buses was made last week in Macedonia's capital, Skopje. But the news caused a torrent of criticism, with 500,000 posts by yesterday to Sina Weibo, China's most popular Twitter-like micro-blog service. Many asked: How could China donate to a foreign country when Chinese schools contend with shoddy transport? AP

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