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China Advises Citizens Not To Travel To Nigeria

China Advises Citizens Not To Travel To Nigeria
China Advises Citizens Not To Travel To Nigeria

In the wake of the abductions of Chinese citizens in Africa, the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing has issued a warning to its residents and businesses operating on the continent.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the disclaimer was given by Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Monday, as he confirmed the abduction of five Chinese people in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

He also urged people in perilous situations to flee as soon as possible. The spokesperson stressed that there were “great security risks’’ in Nigeria and Congo, and these incidents were not the first of their kind.

Kidnappings: China issues travel advisory for citizens to avoid parts of  Africa

China has significantly increased its investments in the mining industry in Africa in recent years.

This has led to growing local resentment towards wealthy Chinese employees working in countries such as the resource-rich Congo, where living standards are extremely low.

In 2008, Congo’s former president Joseph Kabila signed a highly controversial nine-billion-dollar agreement guaranteeing China mining rights in the country in return for funding for much-needed infrastructure projects.

A few weeks ago, Kabila’s successor, Felix Tshisekedi, called for a review of the agreement and for what he termed “fairer deals”.

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