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Travelers' hotline gets 30,000 calls in 6 months


Updated: 2015-03-08 17:31:47


Travelers' hotline gets 30,000 calls in 6 months

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks at a press conference in Beijing on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature, on March 8, 2015. [Photo by Feng Yongbin/China Daily]

China will do everything possible to protect the legitimate rights of its citizens overseas, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Sunday.

"Wherever there is a Chinese footprint, the consular service must cover that place. We will continue to improve the value of Chinese passports, so that compatriots find it easier to travel abroad. We hope that more of our countrymen can go abroad at any time they wish, and that they can have smooth, safe and worry-free travels," he said.

The hot line "12308" has received more than 30,000 calls in only six months. Chinese can obtain help from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in foreign countries if suffering problems.

I hope you will never need this number.

—— @tiankong-zhijing via Sina Weibo

Is it following the example of the United States? If the hotline really takes effect as it does in the US, that would be a real benefit and superior treatment for Chinese people overseas.

—— @shaobeirenshi via Sina Weibo

The number should be printed in new passports.

—— @changjianshusheng via Sina Weibo 

Don't be capricious in behavior just because of this public service number.

—— @Wuhusuowang, who is good at unlocking visa Sina Weibo 

The foreign minister is so handsome!

—— @Benjamin Lifferson via Sina Weibo