A Chinese soldier stands guard as guided missile cruiser USS Vandegrift arrives in the south China port of Zhanjiang September 22, as part of growing Sino-U.S. military exchanges. The USS Cowpens and USS Vandegrift and their more than 600 crew members, part of the USS Kitty Hawk's carrier group based in Yokosuka, Japan, visited Zhanjiang, home of China's southern fleet to strengthen the bonds of friendship between the two countries. REUTERS/China Photo ASW/fa - RTR3DME

China to continue all-out rescue of missing foreign sailors: FM

Kigali –  Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday said China would continue to make “100-per cent effort’’ to rescue foreign sailors who remained missing after two vessels collided off China’s east coast.

Report says a total of 32 sailors, including 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis, are still missing after the collision on Jan. 6.

Wang, while on an official visit in Rwanda, made the remarks during a phone conversation with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.

“The Chinese government has paid close attention to the incident, after which China promptly mobilised vessels, equipment and personnel for the rescue,’’ Wang said, adding that the rescue is still ongoing.

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Wang added that China has invited professional teams from neighboring countries to join the rescue, and also welcomes Iran to participate.

Zarif expressed gratitude for China’s efforts on rescuing Iranian sailors.

“Iran is willing to keep close communication and cooperation with China on the matter,’’ he said. (Xinhua/NAN)

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