China urges stability in Egypt
CHINA: China has called for a rapid return to stability for
its “friend” Egypt, as it restricts media coverage of the nationwide
revolt that has left President Hosni Mubarak clinging to power.
“China is paying close attention to developments in the situation in
Egypt,” foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in a statement issued
late on Sunday.
“Egypt is a friend of China’s, and we hope social stability and order
will return to Egypt as soon as possible.”
China’s ruling Communist Party is wary of disturbances to public
order overseas that may influence demands for political reform and
democracy at home, and it is restricting coverage of the protests online
and in other media.
The six-day revolt against Mubarak’s three-decade autocratic rule has
shaken Egypt, leaving at least 125 people dead.
The United States, a key ally of Egypt, has called on Mubarak to do
more to defuse the crisis, but has stopped short of saying he should
According to China’s state television, the government is preparing to
send a charter plane to Cairo to start evacuating the more than 500
Chinese citizens stranded at the airport. Beijing has also issued a
travel warning advising nationals to postpone all travel to Egypt and
the national tourism administration has suspended all tours to the
According to the foreign ministry, apart from the Chinese tourists
stranded at the airport, another 100 travellers were stranded at Cairo’s
train station on Sunday.
Beijing, Monday, AFP