China evacuates 35,860 of its citizens from Libya

China has managed to pull out all its citizens numbering 35,860 from war torn Libya in what was stated to be its largest overseas evacuation operations in which it also deployed a warships, luxury liners besides chartered flights.

Updated: Mar 03, 2011, 13:51 PM IST

Beijing: China has managed to pull out
nearly all its citizens numbering 35,860 from war torn Libya
in what was stated to be its largest overseas evacuation
operations in which it also deployed a warships, luxury liners
besides chartered flights.

About 35,860 people had been evacuated from Libya till
yesterday of which 20,745 have already arrived back in China,
Vice Foreign Minister Song Tao said.
All Chinese who desired to return to China and whose
whereabouts were known by the foreign ministry have been
evacuated from Libya, Song said, asserting that it was the
largest and the most complicated overseas evacuation ever
since Communist Party of China, (CPC) took over power in 1949.

About 4,000 working staff of Chinese companies in
Libya, including Bangladeshi and Vietnamese employees, had
been evacuated by Chinese cargo ships or Greek liners
chartered by the Chinese government yesterday.

As situation deteriorated in Libya last month, China
scrambled to evacuate its workers employed by Chinese
companies involved in building various infrastructure
projects.

It sent chartered planes and hired luxury liners from
Greece and sent them to Libyan ports to evacuate them.

It later sent even sent to even a warship for the
first time in its history to provide protection to ships
ferrying the evacuees.
Since the unrest erupted in Libya on February 16,
Chinese people had been attacked and there had been vandalism,
looting and arson, and Chinese firms had been attacked and
Chinese nationals injured, China`s Foreign Ministry said
earlier.

According to Chinese Ambassador to Greece Luo Linquan,
with six airliners coming from China to Crete each day, plus
another two chartered Greek planes, all the Chinese evacuees
in Crete are expected to return home by Friday.

As of last night, four Chinese military transporters
had successfully evacuated over 1,700 Chinese citizens from
Libya to Khartoum of Sudan, where they will temporarily stay
before returning to China.

Throughout the evacuation, countries like Greece,
Malta, Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey and Jordan have kindly offered
their help in either providing transportation or facilitating
temporary shelter, state run Xinhua reported.

PTI