The Chinese government rushed a team of officials to Sudan on Monday night to secure the release of a group of Chinese workers abducted last week.
At least 29 Chinese workers were kidnapped on the afternoon of January 28 from the project site of a Chinese company in the volatile South Kordofan area of Sudan.
“…the project site…was attacked by local militants and some Chinese nationals went missing,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
Reports said the Chinese workers were abducted by the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) forces.
The Chinese state news agency reported that there were 47 Chinese workers at the camp when the attack took place. Of these 29 were abducted and 18 fled, it said. The Sudanese army found 17 of those who fled nearby and one remains still missing.
In its statement, the foreign ministry said here that the task force sent to Sudan is led by the
Ministry and members of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council are members of it.
“The task force is to assist the rescue work in Sudan. China calls on relevant parties to keep calm and exercise restraint, ensure the safety of the Chinese nationals and release them as soon as possible on the basis of humanitarianism,” the statement added.
Following the incident, the Chinese Foreign Ministry and the Chinese Embassy in Sudan immediately launched the emergency mechanism.
“The Director-General of the Department of Consular Affairs of the Foreign Ministry urgently summoned the chargé d'affaires of the Sudanese Embassy in China and urged the Sudanese side to actively engage in the search-and-rescue operation while ensuring the safety of the Chinese nationals,” the foreign ministry said.
BBC reported that recently the country’s Ministry of Commerce had warned firms in Sudan of security risks. “'Chinese companies should closely monitor changes in the country's security situation and take stronger precautions to ensure the safety of lives and property,” the BBC quoted a statement from the ministry.