Chinese work team arrives in Philippines to handle hostage incident

16:41, August 25, 2010      

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In the wake of the hijacked bus incident in the Philippines involving tourists from China's Hong Kong SAR, the Chinese government has paid particular attention to the incident and immediately sent a work team to the Philippines to assist personnel from China's embassy in the Philippines in handling related problems. The Philippines Government declared on Aug. 24 that Aug. 25 would be a national day of mourning to grieve the deaths of the eight tourists from Hong Kong.

According to the declaration released by the Philippines government, Filipino President Benigno Aquino III has ordered all public units at home and embassies and consulates abroad to fly flags at half-mast during the national day of mourning on Aug. 25, expressing their grief over the Hong Kong tourists who died during the incident.

On the afternoon of the same day, Filipino President Aquino met with Liu Jianchao, Chinese ambassador to the Philippines, the work team dispatched by China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Philippines as well as a work team from China's Hong Kong SAR.

The two sides held talks on handling problems arising from the hostage incident. Aquino briefly introduced the incident and expressed deep sorrow and regret about the incident. The Philippines government will spare no effort to heal the wounded and provide China's work team in the Philippines with assistance.

Liu said that Chinese leaders and the government have attached high importance to the hostage incident and hope that the two sides may closely cooperate with each other and properly deal with related matters. The Chinese side expressed thanks for the particular attention paid by Aquino to the incident and the efforts made by the Philippines side.

He hopes that the Filipino side should conduct thorough investigations into the incident and inform the Chinese side of the results as soon as possible, continue to positively heal the wounded, properly deal with problems arising from the incident, and help arrange the early return of the wounded and the bodies of the victims to Hong Kong. Liu stressed that he hopes that the Philippines side may take effective measures to actually guarantee the safety of Chinese citizens in the Philippines.

After the talks, Liu and China's work team went to the hospital to visit those wounded in the incident. They sent the wounded the warm regards from Chinese leaders and said that they will provide them with all possible assistance.

By People's Daily Online


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