China hailed for success of Sudan evacuations

By XU WEI | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2023-05-08 07:38
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The first group of evacuees arrives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on April 27. WANG HAIZHOU/XINHUA

China has evacuated more than 1,300 citizens from war zones in Sudan, adopting different strategies during the process, including the deployment of two naval ships that ferried 940 Chinese citizens and 231 foreign nationals to safety.

A strong emphasis placed by the nation's leadership on protecting the growing number of Chinese living and working overseas is behind the swift and successful evacuation missions, analysts said, along with increased national strength and the resolve to fulfill the commitment to build a community with a shared future for mankind.

Liu Linzhi, an analyst at the China-Africa Institute, said the evacuations of Chinese and foreign citizens demonstrated the Chinese government's high level of efficiency and the increased coordination between different departments.

"The successful evacuations make good on the country's promise to put its people and lives first and to ensure the safety of its citizens no matter where they are," he said.

"Chinese citizens in Sudan have also displayed a high level of trust in the government during the crisis and have closely cooperated with diplomatic missions overseas, another key factor to ensure their safety."

Mao Ning, a spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, told a news briefing last month that most Chinese nationals had been evacuated from Sudan, and that the Chinese embassy in Khartoum would provide every possible assistance to the few remaining Chinese in the country.

The ministry was quick to act on instructions from President Xi Jinping after the armed conflict broke out, and it has worked day and night to protect the safety of Chinese nationals and organize evacuation operations, Mao added.

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