Hun­dreds es­cap­ing from moun­tain af­ter land­slip

Tourists from 26 coun­tries were stranded on In­done­sian is­land

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS - BY ROSYIDIN SEM­BAHU­LUN

Hun­dreds of tourists stranded on Mount Rin­jani on the In­done­sian is­land of Lom­bok by an earth­quake that trig­gered land­slips are mak­ing their way off the moun­tain.

Of­fi­cials said the tourists had been shaken by their ex­pe­ri­ence but mostly un­harmed fol­low­ing the mag­ni­tude 6.4 tremor, which killed 16 peo­ple.

By late af­ter­noon, more than 250 peo­ple had reached a re­lief post in Sem­balun vil­lage and a team of res­cuers had Jeremy Hunt ad­mit­ted to a “ter­ri­ble mis­take” af­ter de­scrib­ing his Chi­nese wife as Ja­pa­nese dur­ing a diplo­matic mis­sion to Bei­jing.

The For­eign Sec­re­tary was hop­ing to use the visit to boost trade links and ad­dress sen­si­tive is­sues in­clud­ing the hu­man rights sit­u­a­tion in Hong Kong.

He may have hoped that his per­sonal con­nec­tion to China through his wife Lu­cia could help forge strong links with the Bei­jing gov­ern­ment, but that was un­der­mined when he some­how be­came con­fused about her na­tion­al­ity.

At a meet­ing with Chi­nese coun­ter­parts, Mr Hunt said: “My wife is Ja­pa­nese... my wife is Chi­nese.

“Sorry, that’s a ter­ri­ble mis­take to make.”

Mr Hunt was us­ing the visit to show Bri­tain’s com­mit­ment to deep­en­ing ties postBrexit be­tween the na­tions.

Trade, North Korea, nu­clear weapons and cli­mate change were among the top­ics up for dis­cus­sion.

Asked if Theresa May was wor­ried about her For­eign Sec­re­tary’s con­fu­sion over China and Ja­pan, the Prime Min­is­ter’s of­fi­cial spokesman said: “No, I think he is very clear on that.”

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