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Chinese workers held by rebels in Sudan

By Chen Jia (China Daily)

08:06, January 30, 2012

BEIJING - Rebels in Sudan claim to be holding 29 Chinese workers following a firefight with Sudanese armed forces.

However, embassy officials in Sudan said that 27 Chinese workers are missing.

The incident highlights dangers workers face as Chinese companies expand globally.

The camp the workers were staying in was attacked by militants in Sudan's South Kordofan state on Saturday afternoon, the Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

But the ministry did not give more details. It urged Sudan to take measures to rescue the workers and ensure the safety of all Chinese citizens in the country, said Liu Weimin, ministry spokesman.

"Currently the Sudanese government is doing their utmost to locate and rescue the missing Chinese nationals and has increased protection for other Chinese nationals in Sudan," he added.

Wang Zhiping, spokesman for Sinohydro Corp Ltd, the workers' employer, said that managers were among those missing.

"We have contacted the families of all those missing and tried to comfort them," he said.

The Chinese embassy in Sudan said 27 workers are missing, according to media reports.

Rebels said they have captured 29 workers after a battle with government forces.

Nine members of the Sudan Armed Forces were also being held, Arnu Ngutulu Lodi of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North, told AFP.

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helen at 2012-01-30203.82.92.*
One cannot discount the fact that many criminal acts against the Chinese abroad are funded, trained and instigated by the CIA and of course that Washington Witch at the US State Department.Jealousy and envy are the motivating factors in bashing the Chinese people!

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