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China makes great efforts to protect overseas citizens

By Nie Chuanqing (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

16:37, April 24, 2012

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

"China's system of protecting its overseas citizens and enterprises has become more sophisticated." Recently, Sun Xianyu, counselor of the Senior Diplomat Innovation and Practice Committee under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, told People's Daily Overseas Edition.

As China's economy is developing rapidly, more Chinese citizens and enterprises are "going Global." Since the risks and troubles met by them are becoming more complicated, China's consular protection is also facing a great challenge. According to data provided by the ministry, over 60 million Chinese citizens went abroad in 2010. Sun said, "Probably 1.3 billion Chinese citizens may be under our consular protection in a few years."

And the sharp increase of China's consular protection cases ensued. According to the ministry, China meets more than 30,000 consular protection cases per year currently. The political turbulence, bad social security situation, public health problem, terroristic attack and car or ship accident are all major "killers" threatening personal securities of overseas Chinese citizens.

Sun said, "The Chinese government has been trying its best to protect its overseas citizens."

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