|The site where a Chinese couple were killed in an attack in Antananarivo, Madagascar. [Eastday.com]|
China has urged Madagascar to immediately take effective measures to protect the safety of Chinese citizens and their property following two attacks against Chinese citizens in Antananarivo, Madagascar's capital.
The Chinese Embassy in Madagascar confirmed on March 19 that a Chinese couple were robbed and seriously wounded at their home in Antananarivo at night in late February, and another Chinese couple were killed in a local hotel at night in mid March, Chinanews.com reported.
Immediately after the two attacks against Chinese citizens, the Chinese Embassy in Madagascar has made solemn representations to the authorities of Madagascar, urging them to punish the robbers and killers according to law, and to take effective measures to protect the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens and their safety and property.
The Chinese Embassy in Madagascar also warned Chinese citizens to enhance their vigilance, raise their self-protection awareness, and avoid doing such things as going out at night, visiting high-risk places including casinos, and carrying or storing at home large amounts of cash. It also warned its citizens to solve the problems peacefully by means of law in the case of disputes.
At the same time, the Chinese Embassy in Madagascar has released the emergency telephone number of local police, the local Chinese consulate telephone number, and the global emergency telephone number of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Currently, there are about 50,000 Chinese in Madagascar who are mainly engaged in trade, the catering industry and traditional Chinese medicine clinics. Similar attacks against Chinese have also happened in the country prior to the latest two cases.