310 Chinese back home from Solomons
By Qin Jize and Liang Qiwen (China Daily)
Updated: 2006-04-25 06:21
More than 300 Chinese who were evacuated from riot-torn Solomon Islands
arrived in Guangzhou early this morning from Papua New Guinea.
The 310 people, including 21 from Hong Kong, landed at Guangzhou Baiyun
International Airport on a chartered Boeing 777.
A young Solomon Islander of Hong Kong descent
is carried onto a bus after arriving in Guangzhou, southern China's
Guangdong province, April 25, 2006. More than 300 Chinese, including some
from Hong Kong, board a chartered flight provided by Beijing that
evacuated them from the troubled Solomon Islands after they lost all their
possessions in the recent riots in Honiara.
On Saturday, China started airlifting Chinese from Honiara, Solomon Islands'
capital, which witnessed days of riots sparked by the controversial election of
Prime Minister Synder Rini last week.
The Chinese were the main targets and victims of the riots. The Chinatown was
almost levelled following looting and arson, leaving many homeless and ruined
after their businesses were lost.
The evacuees arrived at Port Moresby, capital of Papua New Guinea, on board
four chartered planes.
The Chinese Government has been closely monitoring the situation in the
Solomon Islands and activated an emergency response system as soon as the riots
President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao have instructed the Foreign
Ministry to take measures to ensure the safety of Chinese nationals in the South
The All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese sent a message to the
Chinese Embassy in Papua New Guinea yesterday, pledging to help the affected
Since China and the Solomon Islands do not have diplomatic relations, the
Chinese Embassy in Papua New Guinea sent commercial chartered planes to fly the
Chinese out of Solomon Islands.
The last group of 63 Chinese nationals were evacuated in the embassy's fourth
mission yesterday afternoon.
The Foreign Ministry issued a warning on Sunday asking Chinese citizens to
avoid travelling to the Solomon Islands, saying riots could continue.
Li Wei, a researcher with the China Institute of Contemporary International
Relations, said the exercise shows the country's "capability to arrange
evacuation missions when the situation goes out of control in a foreign