|Workers from Nanchang who have been evacuated from Libya, wave flags towards the welcoming crowd at the Nanchang railway station in Nanchang, capital of east China's Jiangxi province, March 3, 2011. All together 148 Jiangxi workers, who had been evacuated to Egypt from Libya and then taken back to China by a chartered plane, arrived in Nanchang from Beijing Thursday. (Xinhua/Hu Guolin)
BEIJING, March 3 (Xinhua) -- After nine days of emergency evacuations and with no thought for the expense, China had plucked more than 35,000 citizens from the chaos in Libya by Wednesday.
The effort has proven to be a decisive success in China's largest-scale overseas evacuation since the birth of new China in 1949.
The massive, orderly and extraordinarily efficient evacuation is widely regarded as a vivid reflection of the Chinese government's motto of "putting people first and running the government in the interest of the people."
Thanks to the swift action of the Chinese government and timely orders issued by President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao, the evacuation has been conducted in such a way that all-out efforts were mobilized to complete the mission.
That effort became especially important after thousands of Chinese nationals in the troubled North African country were robbed and a dozen were wounded as they tried to flee the violence.
The swift evacuation also benefited from China's growing national power and equally important, the advantage of the socialist system enabling the whole country to mobilize all of the necessary resources needed for an arduous mission.
The evacuation of more than 35,000 people from Libya is undoubtedly a huge and complex mission. From government organs to the Navy and Air Force, to overseas embassies and civil aviation authorities, the Chinese government mobilized all that was needed to withdraw its citizens from the volatile country by air, sea and land.
The evacuation shows that the Chinese government has paid more and more attention to the safety and interests of the grassroots Chinese.
Since the evacuation from the riots in East Timor in 2006, the Chinese government has rolled out dozens of overseas evacuation operations, extending timely rescues to tens of thousands Chinese nationals trapped in danger.
The current operation pursues the same course, but its scale, difficulty and efficiency are so outstanding that it can serve as a new milestone in China's overseas rescue history.
The success cannot be achieved without hard efforts made by the government at various levels, without solidarity or the strong will of the evacuees, or without the self-giving help offered by numerous Chinese compatriots.
The success in evacuation, which displays the traditional Chinese merits of solidarity, unwavering will and self-courage, also strengthened the rallying force of the whole country and the national pride of overseas Chinese.
"Welcome home!" When hearing the greeting from You Quan, deputy secretary-general of the State Council, upon their arrival at the airport in Beijing, many evacuees burst into tears.
At this very minute, all the overseas Chinese would keep in mind: though thousands of miles apart, China -- a prosperous, stable and strong homeland -- is always their safe haven linking them by hearts.
China hopes Libya can peacefully restore stability
BEIJING, March 3 (Xinhua) -- China hopes all sectors of Libya can work together to solve the current crisis and restore order in a peaceful way as soon as possible, said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu here Thursday.
Jiang made the remarks at a regular press briefing while commenting on the current situation in Libya and Bahrain. Full story
35,860 Chinese evacuated from unrest-torn Libya
BEIJING, March 3 (Xinhua) -- A total of 35,860 Chinese citizens had been evacuated from Libya up to 23:10 Wednesday Beijing time (1510 GMT), according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Among them, 20,745 are already back in China, Vice Foreign Minister Song Tao said. Full story
China's evacuation of nationals from Libya hailed by attendees of top annual meetings
BEIJING, March 2 (Xinhua) -- Those attending China's two most important annual meetings praised the government's efforts to successfully evacuate over 30,000 nationals from strife-torn Libya.
The evacuation was swift and highly efficient, indicating the government put people first, said members of the National Committee of the Chinese People' s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), and deputies to the National People' s Congress (NPC), who are gathering in Beijing for the respective annual sessions of the country's top advisory body and top legislature. Full story
Overwhelming majority of Chinese in Libya evacuated: FM
BEIJING, March 1 (Xinhua) -- China has evacuated an overwhelming majority of its citizens from Libya, according to the latest information from the Foreign Ministry released here Tuesday.
As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, China has altogether pulled out about 32,000 nationals from Libya, 9,000 of whom were back in China, roughly 21,000 were in a third country, while 2,100 were on their way back to a third country. Full story