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Safety of Chinese in Syria assured: Chinese ambassador

(Xinhua)

08:23, November 30, 2011

DAMASCUS, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese ambassador to Syria Zhang Xun said Tuesday that the Chinese nationals in Syria are safe and there is no plan to bring them back to China yet.

"Their lives are guaranteed and their properties as well," Zhang told Xinhua during an interview.

He said the number of Chinese in Syria has already been reduced, adding that some programs of the Chinese-funded enterprises have been put aside. "We also have emergency plans," Zhang added.

"We regularly report the current situation of Syria to the Chinese expatriates and Chinese-funded enterprises, and keep in constant contact with the Syrian government in a bid to provide the Chinese with special protection," he said.

There are currently about 800 Chinese in Syria, the majority of them in Damascus and Aleppo, said the ambassador.

He said 600 of the Chinese are employees of the Syria-based Chinese enterprises.

Although Syria is under the pressure from Europe and the Arab League (AL), the situation inside Syria is relatively calm and safe, said Zhang.

"There is no need for extra worries," he added.

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