Pair held over call to rob Chinese shops
- Police in Argentina arrested two people on Wednesday who allegedly initiated an online campaign to loot Chinese-run shops in the run-up to Christmas. The arrests came after security officials in Argentina promised to protect the Chinese community amid continuing chaos and large-scale riots that broke out during a police strike that began earlier this month.
China demands Argentina protect Chinese citizens
- China on Thursday urged Argentina to protect Chinese citizens’ security and interests after a Chinese citizen was killed in recent riots and looting. “The end of year is a period of high criminal cases in Argentina. The department of consular affairs and the Chinese Embassy in Argentina will continue to urge the Argentine side to take concrete action to protect Chinese citizens’ security and interests,” said foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei at a regular press conference on Thursday. Unrest during a police strike that began on December 4, has spread to 17 provinces of Argentina and at least eight people have been killed, according to local media reports. Some Chinese supermarkets were looted during the unrest.
China demands France punish student attackers
- BEIJING, June 17 (Xinhua) — A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman on Monday urged France to punish three men who recently attacked several Chinese students. “China has already made representations demanding that France properly deal with the case, punish the perpetrators in accordance with the law and take substantive measures to safeguard the safety and legitimate rights of Chinese citizens in France,” spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily press briefing. The Chinese government strongly condemned the attack on Sunday.
China wants more security for tourists in France
March 23, 2013
- Beijing: After a Chinese tour group was robbed in Paris on Wednesday, China on Saturday called for stepped up security for its tourists in France. Expressing concerns over the safety of Chinese tourists visiting France, an official of the China Tourism Association today urged the French authorities to strengthen the protection of Chinese tourists, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
China parades killers to execution in live broadcast hours before death
Mar 1, 2013
- BEIJING — China held a live pre-execution parade for the four foreigners who killed 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong River. The attack highlighted drug smuggling and extortion rackets along the vital waterway and it led to a major expansion of Chinese police powers in the region. “The case set a precedent that China would vigorously pursue criminals who commit crimes against its nationals. That’s led to an expansion of Chinese police powers into the neighboring region and a big boost in Chinese influence,” said Jin Canrong, associate dean of Renmin University’s School of International Studies in Beijing.
China executes four foreign nationals convicted of Mekong river murders
1 March 2013
- China has executed four foreign prisoners for murdering a crew of Chinese sailors on the Mekong river after a live television broadcast showed them being lead to their death. Naw Kham, the Burmese head of a drug gang, and three of his alleged henchmen – Hsang Kham, from Thailand; Zha Xika, from Laos; and Yi Lai, whom Chinese state media referred to as “stateless” – were executed by lethal injection in Kunming, southern China, the official Xinhua newswire reported.
Manhunt for deadly drug kingpin
- “Catch him alive.” This was the order from the Chinese authorities, given to a special taskforce set up to investigate the October 2011 killing of 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong River, according to the group’s leader Liu Yuejin.
- It was the first time that Chinese police were conducting a manhunt for criminals who were all foreigners based overseas. Chinese police knew little of the suspect Naw Kham when they received the case. The only information they had was a photo of Naw Kham from 20 years earlier, and that Naw Kham was an armed gang leader in the Golden Triangle.
- Naw Kham, the leader of the largest armed gang in the Golden Triangle along the Mekong River, was finally arrested and sentenced to death in China. Liu said that this sent a clear message around the world that the interests of Chinese citizens overseas and the Chinese State could not be violated.
China considered using drone in Myanmar to kill wanted drug lord
20 February, 2013
- The hunt for a Myanmese drug lord wanted for killing 13 Chinese sailors in 2011 could have ended with a drone strike launched on foreign soil, China’s top drug tsar told the Global Times newspaper. Liu Yuejin, director of the public security ministry’s anti-drug bureau, said one of the plans to end the months-long manhunt for drug lord Naw Kham was to strafe a mountain hideout in northeastern Myanmar using unmanned aircraft.
1,200 Chinese employees evacuated to Baghdad: FM spokesman
- BEIJING, June 27 (Xinhua) — More than 1,200 employees of a Chinese company have been safely evacuated from the war-torn northern city of Samarra and moved to Iraq’s capital of Baghdad, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Friday. The workers are with the China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) that is undertaking the construction of a power plant in Iraq’s northern province of Salahudin. They had been trapped in Samarra some 120 km to the north of Baghdad.
China makes efforts protect overseas citizens
November 8, 2012
- A rising China can better protect its citizens. China has grown to become the world’s second-largest economy. It is capable of using every means to guarantee the safety of Chinese nationals. Ensuring the safety of overseas Chinese citizens is a significant challenge for the government, as more and more Chinese people have chosen to cross borders to find business opportunities in light of the Chinese economic boom. The government has also encouraged Chinese enterprises to go global and compete in the international market.
Seventh joint Mekong patrol launched
December 2, 2012
- China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand on Sunday began a new joint patrol on the Mekong River in the Golden Triangle Region as trade and transportation returns to normal after an attack last year in which 13 Chinese sailors were killed on the river. The five-day police patrol, the seventh since last December, will include a two-day inspection of the Laos-managed sections of the river, said Wang Bing, an officer in the Yunnan Provincial Border Control Corps.
China and neighbouring states to patrol Mekong River
27 November 2011
- China is to launch joint patrols of the Mekong River with Thailand, Laos and Burma, according to China’s state news agency Xinhua. The patrols follow an attack last month on two cargo ships near the Thai-Burma border during which 13 Chinese crew members were killed. The patrols will be headquartered in China with stations in each of the other countries, according to Xinhua.
China sentences 4 Myanmar gang members to death for Mekong kidnappings and slayings
November 6, 2012
- BEIJING, China – A Chinese court sentenced four members of a Myanmar drug gang to death Tuesday for kidnapping and killing 13 Chinese sailors last year on the Mekong River, state media said.
It is our responsibility to protect overseas Chinese citizens
- As the world’s second largest economy, we have extensive economic and personnel exchanges with the outside world. There are Chinese firms and workers even in some unstable countries. In these unstable countries, various opposition forces and organizations robbed foreign enterprises, hijacked and even killed foreigners to put pressure on governments for different purposes. Thus, an important historical task for the Chinese government and Chinese army is to provide maximum protection for overseas Chinese nationals. This is a responsibility of our country.
Rudd in damage control as media storm over Sydney bashing of Chinese students escalates
April 25, 2012
- Former foreign affairs minister Kevin Rudd has started damage control to head off a potential diplomatic row with China after a media storm over an alleged attack on two Chinese students in Sydney. After receiving the report on the attack, Mr Rudd called the Minister for Immigration Chris Bowen and the deputy secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He also messaged the Chinese ambassador in Canberra and Australia’s top diplomat in Beijing, Frances Adamson.
‘This city is so dangerous’: outrage in China over Sydney train assault
April 24, 2012
- The alleged robbery, including racist taunts, drew a social media pledge from former foreign affairs minister Kevin Rudd and led to emergency talks at Sydney’s Chinese consulate general. Chinese consular officials have also publicly expressed their support for the students. Fairfax Media understands that officials met at the Consulate General in Sydney this morning to discuss the incident.
China’s Libya evacuation highlights People-First nature of government
- BEIJING, March 3 (Xinhua) — After nine days of emergency evacuations and with no thought for the expense, China had plucked more than 35,000 citizens from the chaos in Libya by Wednesday. The effort has proven to be a decisive success in China’s largest-scale overseas evacuation since the birth of new China in 1949.
China brings kidnap suspect home from Venezuela
- BEIJING — Chinese police say they have brought a major kidnapping suspect back to China from Venezuela. China is keen to be seen as being capable of protecting its citizens abroad and punishing those who commit violent crimes overseas.