Foreign Ministry helped thousands of overseas Chinese, Wang says

时间:2024-03-08 06:58:28来源:

China handled more than 80,000 cases with strengthened consular protection efforts, issued over 6,000 alerts and evacuated thousands of Chinese citizens from Sudan, Palestine, Israel and other places over the past year, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday.

The consular hotline 12308, operated by the Foreign Ministry, handled more than 530,000 calls last year, Wang said at a news conference.

"We have made every effort to protect the safety of overseas Chinese citizens," he said.

Noting that practicing diplomacy for the people is a ceaseless endeavor, Wang said that serving the people and meeting compatriots' expectations is the abiding mission of China's diplomacy.

This year, China will strengthen efforts in building a system for the protection of Chinese nationals and interests overseas and enhancing alert of safety risks, he said.

The country will also continue to improve consular service and upgrade "fast networks" for cross-border travel through accelerating the resumption of international passenger flights and reaching various forms of visa arrangements with more countries, he added.