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Taliban Free Captive Chinese Engineer in Pakistan

In a gesture of goodwill to accompany their 10-day ceasefire with the Pakistani government, Taliban insurgents in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday released Long Xiaowei, one of two Chinese engineers kidnapped in late August. ...

Chinese Taliban Hostage Escapes

Pakistan-China relations have been in the news lately with President Asif Ali Zardari’s visit to China. However, the fate of two Chinese engineers kidnapped in Pakistan in August has received scant attention. But CNN is...

Mother, son taken hostage, freed by Shanghai police

From Chinadaily: An unidentified man wielding knife hijacked a Mercedez-Benz in Hangzhou, east China’s Zhejiang Province Friday afternoon, taking a woman, the car driver, and her little son hostage. The gunman seized the luxury car in a blink after the woman picked up her son from the kindergarten, threatening her with the knife to drive. […]

Reuters: China says freed hostages home soon

From Reuters.co.uk: “Eight Chinese hostages freed by guerrillas in Iraq at the weekend are in good spirits and will return home soon via Jordan, state media say. The eight, kidnapped this month after arriving in Iraq from the southeastern province of Fujian in search of work, were received by Chinese diplomats at a mosque in […]

Chinese Hostages Freed in Iraq

From VOA, via PolitInfo.com: “The Chinese Embassy in Baghdad says eight Chinese workers held hostage in Iraq have been freed by insurgents who kidnapped them earlier this month. The kidnappers said in a video message broadcast Saturday that they decided to release the men after China promised to discourage its citizens from traveling to Iraq.”

New threat to kill China hostages

From CNN.com: “A group calling itself ‘The Islamic Resistance Movement,’ has issued a new video calling for the Chinese government to issue a statement saying it will not allow its citizens to work for Americans in Iraq, threatening to kill eight Chinese hostages. The men were shown on a video from the Islamic group that […]

Hostage killed in Pakistan rescue

BBC: “One Chinese hostage held by Islamic militants in South Waziristan has been killed and one freed in a dramatic rescue mission by Pakistani forces. All five kidnappers were killed, military spokesman Maj-Gen Shaukat Sultan said. A Pakistani guard and a soldier who were also taken captive had been released earlier. ” More is here.

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