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Global Times – Metro Beijing - - TWOCENTS -

“She could not com­mu­ni­cate with us in Chi­nese.”

So said a po­lice of­fi­cer in Tongzhou dis­trict about a 3-year-old for­eign girl who was seen walk­ing about unat­tended re­cently. Some­one called the po­lice, say­ing that a lit­tle girl ap­peared to be lost near Wuz­ix­ueyuan Lu and that no adult was ac­com­pa­ny­ing her. The po­lice picked up the child and took her to the po­lice sta­tion. Since they could not com­mu­ni­cate with the child, the po­lice can­vassed nearby res­i­den­tial com­pounds to find her fam­ily. Fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion from a resident, they found the child’s fa­ther an hour later. The fam­ily comes from Kaza­khstan and does busi­ness in China. The fa­ther said he had not re­al­ized that his daugh­ter was miss­ing be­cause the fam­ily was busy en­ter­tain­ing guests and did not no­tice that she had snuck out. (Source: The Bei­jing Morn­ing Post)

Il­lus­tra­tions: Pe­ter C. Espina/GT

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