At least eight tourists from Hong Kong were confirmed dead and another two seriously injured in a bus hijack in Manila Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said Monday night
A working team sent by the Chinese government to deal with the Hong Kong tourists hostage crisis arrived in Manila Tuesday morning, accompanied by Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Liu Jianchao, who had terminated his work report in Beijing ahead of schedule.
Arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International airport of the Philippine capital at around 10:35 a.m., the Chinese governmental working team, headed by Guo Shaochun, a consul of China's Foreign Ministry, was greeted by Philippine Vice-President Jejomar Binay, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. and Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo in the airport's conference room. The two parties held a talk and gave a press conference.
The incident caused mass casualties, shocking China, Liu said, adding the Chinese government has conveyed its condolences to those killed and made consolation to the injured ones as well as families of the killed people.
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