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Spokesperson on the Chinese casualties in the terrorist attacks on the United States(18/09/2001)


Q: Do you have any further information on the Chinese casualties in the terrorist attacks on the United States?

A: In recent days, diplomats from China’s Embassy in the United States, Consulate Generals in New York and other US cities had visited US hospitals and universities and kept in close contacts with American institutions and overseas Chinese communities to follow the latest development. So far, we have not received new reports on Chinese causalities. In addition, Tan Xuelei, a friend of Mr. Chen Xiaobing, who was reported dead by his family earlier on, informed us that the September 13th report of Chen’s death was a misinformation. Mr. Chen himself made a phone call on September 16th, reporting that he is now safe. He was stuck in the basement of the office, before being rescued.

The Chinese Government and China’s Embassy and Consulate Generals in the United States deeply care for the safety of our compatriots from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan during the attacks in the United States. At the request of Foreign Ministry Commissioner’s Office in Hong Kong, China’s Consulate General in New York has offered assistance in tracking down the plight of HK compatriots. It has been found that, in the list of names provided by the Hong Kong SAR Government, three compatriots from Hong Kong are missing, namely Huang Shaoxiang, Dong Zhengping and Shen Shihuang (pinyin spelling). We have been in touch with the families of Huang and Dong. The Chinese Embassy and Consulate Generals in the United States are also ready to offer necessary assistance to our compatriots from Taiwan in the United States.

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