Chinese stranded in Haiti arrive home

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A group of 48 Chinese nationals who had been stranded in quake-hit Haiti arrived in Beijing Wednesday with the Chinese rescue team, who have finished their mission in the Caribbean island country.

Wei Wei, director of China's Foreign Ministry Consular Department told Xinhua at the airport that after the Haitian earthquake, the central government had ordered the repatriation of Chinese nationals stranded in Haiti as soon as possible.

A team of 23 made up of officials from the ministry, the China Earthquake Administration (CEA), and provincial and municipal governments including Guangdong, Fujian and Beijing, specified procedures to bring them home.

The stranded Chinese were mostly from south China's Fujian province.

After the 7.3-magnitude quake that killed at least 110,000 people on Jan. 12 local time, the Foreign Ministry asked the Chinese business representative office in Haiti to keep in close touch with Chinese nationals, provide them shelter, food and drinking water and ensure their safety.

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