CHINA China pays close attention to violent protests in S Africa: FM spokesperson

CHINA

China pays close attention to violent protests in S Africa: FM spokesperson

Xinhua

21:19, July 16, 2021


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BEIJING, July 16 (Xinhua) -- China is paying close attention to violent protests in South Africa, and expressed concern that some Chinese nationals in the country suffered severe property damage and serious threats to their lives during the riots, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Friday.

Spokesperson Zhao Lijian made the remarks when asked to comment on the violent protests. He said that China believes that under the leadership of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, the South African government is capable of restoring social order and economic stability at an early date.

"China has requested relevant departments of the South African government to strengthen protection of Chinese nationals and enterprises in the country, and South Africa has promised to increase efforts to protect the lives and property of Chinese nationals," he added.

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