The Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing has warned its residents and corporations working within the African continent in opposition to travelling to some dangerous areas amid the abductions of Chinese residents in Africa.
The disclaimer was issued on Monday by the Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Zhao Lijian, as he confirmed the kidnapping of 5 Chinese nationals within the Democratic Republic of Congo, the News Agency of Nigeria studies.
He additional urged these in harmful locations to go away as quickly as potential.
According to Zhao, the abductions happened throughout an assault on a gold mine within the Mukera village of jap Congo, citing one other latest incident in Nigeria, the place three Chinese staff had been kidnapped.
The spokesperson harassed that there have been “great security risks’’ in Nigeria and Congo, and these incidents were not the first of their kind.
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”.