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China In Africa, A Risky Business

Analysis: Two recent kidnappings of Chinese workers - one in Sudan and the other in Egypt - have shown China that doing business in Africa comes at a price. But with their cultural insularity and tendency to carry cash, are Chinese businessmen exposing th

A Chinese welder in Sudan (antheap)
A Chinese welder in Sudan (antheap)

BEIJING - Two recent cases of group kidnappings of Chinese workers, in Sudan and Egypt, shook China out of the glad tidings of its New Year's festivities.

The kidnapping in Sudan occurred on Jan. 28 near the town of Aba, 620 kilometers south of the capital of Khartoum. The targeted Chinese employees were working on the south Kordofan highway project. Out of 47 Chinese workers present, 29 were kidnapped by gunmen. Seventeen of them escaped and were rescued. One was shot in the head.

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Welcome to Thursday, where more Ukrainian soldiers surrender in Mariupol, Sri Lanka defaults on its debt,and George W. Bush offers an epic geopolitical gaffe. Meanwhile, Lili Bai in Chinese-language digital media The Initium looks at what’s driving the current “expat exodus” at play in Shanghai.

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