BEIJING, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Some 1,409 passengers stranded on the Chinese cruise liner Henna are now back in Beijing from the South Korean island of Jeju, said a Chinese official Monday.
Others are still waiting to return to China, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a daily news briefing.
Talking about what the government has done to resolve the issue, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the ministry has been negotiating with the South Korean side after the liner was detained.
China has urged South Korea to safeguard the safety and legitimate rights of the remaining passengers stranded on the Chinese cruise liner Henna, he said.
He said the ministry and the Chinese Embassy in South Korea is following the issue closely and working with concerned parties to solve the problem as soon as possible.
The luxury cruise, with 1,659 passengers and a crew of 650 on board, was scheduled to sail at 4 p.m. last Friday from Jeju to Incheon. It was detained before departure by a Jeju court which received a seizure application on claims of legal disputes from another Chinese company, according to HNA Cruise, the Beijing-based operator of the ship.