Dozens of Chinese nationals who had been held for illegal mining in Zambia have departed the African country to return home, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
China had complained that Zambia provided no strong evidence of crimes committed by the 31 arrested in the copperbelt town of Chingola, including a pregnant woman and two victims of malaria. But Zambia’s immigration chief had told Zambian media the Chinese would have to be deported for violating the law.
“After repeated representations by China’s Foreign Ministry and its embassy in Zambia, on the afternoon of June 6, the 31 Chinese citizens that had been seized and detained boarded a plane and left Zambia smoothly to return home,” ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.
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