BEIJING -- Stung by criticism that it was playing politics with disaster, the Chinese government said it was contributing money and aid worth $1.64 million to typhoon victims in the Philippines.
Beijing has come under fire at home and abroad for initially providing $100,000 in aid, seen as a reflection of a continuing territorial spat between the two countries over islands and reefs in the South China Sea.
Even the Global Times, a Communist Party newspaper, editorialized against the Chinese government.
"If it snubs Manila this time, China will suffer great losses," the newspaper wrote in a front-page editorial on Tuesday. "China, as a responsible power,...