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China to send planes to bring back Chinese citizens stranded in Thailand

2008-11-28 14:09:06 GMT2008-11-28 22:09:06 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Passengers wait for check in at U-tapao international airport, 140 km (87 miles) southeast of Bangkok, Thailand, November 28, 2008. (REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang)

BEIJING, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- China said on Friday that it would arrange flights to bring back Chinese passengers stranded in Bangkok because of the closure of the Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

The Chinese government has been highly concerned about the situation of Chinese citizens who are stranded in Thailand, and the Chinese Embassy has conveyed sympathy and offered assistance to them, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang in a press release.

"In view of the closure of the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, the Chinese government has switched on its emergency response mechanism and is preparing to send chartered planes to bring back Chinese citizens as soon as possible," he said.

"The Chinese government is now checking out the information about the stranded citizens and arranging an airport for the landing of the planes."

Many foreigners are stranded in Bangkok after anti-government protesters in Thailand laid siege to the country's main international airport.

Among the trapped foreigners are more than 1,000 Chinese citizens, including tourists from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.

(Agencies)

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