China is­sues alert in Laos:


Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -


China’s em­bassy in Laos has is­sued a safety warn­ing to its cit­i­zens there af­ter a Chi­nese na­tional was shot dead in the coun­try’s Xaysom­boun prov­ince.

Chi­nese work­ers have in­creas­ingly come un­der at­tack as com­pa­nies ex­pand abroad as part of Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s Belt and Road plan to build in­fra­struc­ture with the rest of Asia and be­yond, often in po­lit­i­cally un­sta­ble places.

China and Laos last year agreed to step up se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion fol­low­ing a se­ries of at­tacks on Chi­nese na­tion­als, in­clud­ing shootings and bomb at­tacks.

One Chi­nese na­tional was killed on Fri­day by an uniden­ti­fied gun­man, the em­bassy said in a state­ment posted to its web­site late on Sun­day. It did not give fur­ther de­tails.

“The Chi­nese em­bassy re­quested that Laos quickly solve the case and se­verely pun­ish the killer, and at the same time take prac­ti­cal ac­tion to en­sure the safety of Chi­nese cit­i­zens and or­gan­i­sa­tions in Laos,” the em­bassy said. (RTRS)

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