China: Bloggers’ Response On The Attack In Ethiopia

Nine Chinese oil workers were killed in Ethiopia oil attack last month. Many Chinese netizens have expressed their grief, sadness and pain over the Internet.

Knowing so many Chinese were killed, LouLou advises Chinese to stay home.

中国专家所分析恐怖分子并不是针对我们中国政府而是针对埃塞俄比亚政府的不满. 他们并不想伤害中国的工民.

我个人不太赞成他们的观点. 既然他们仅仅是反对埃塞俄比亚政府, 为什么会袭击我国工民,他们是不是在向来自其他国家表明不允许我们进入埃塞俄比亚并不允许我们和埃塞俄比亚政府握手呢?

这样的事故近几年已经屡次发生, 我国人员出国的越来越多其安全系数也不是很乐观. 当然国家也在努力中,我奉劝各位还是少出国尤其是旅游的人员, 中国这么大为什么一定冒着生命危险去玩呢?

Chinese experts have analyzed that the terrorists do not aim at our government, but the Ethiopian government. They are dissatisfied with the Ethiopian government. They do not intend to hurt Chinese citizen.

I personally do not support their views. If those terrorists only oppose Ethiopian government, why did they attack our citizens? Or if they want to show that they do not want us to enter Ethiopia and do not want us shake hands with the Ethiopian government?

Such incidents have repeatedly happened in recent years. We have more and more people going abroad. They do not have optimistic safety level. Our government is certainly making efforts, but I still advise everybody, tourists in particular, not to go abroad so often. China is so big, why should we risk our lives to have fun?

More Chinese bloggers condemn the attack. Some of them even urge China government to take stronger actions in respond to this attack.

XiaoLiang LeHeHe says,

难道除了遣责,就什么都不会了吗,吓怕了吗?

Don't we know what to do besides condemning? Have we been terrorized?

A popular post from Tiexue BBS outcries,

对于杀我同胞的畜生,我们是不是换种方式来回应他们?!不是用抗议、谴责、而是用子弹!

Shall we change our way in respond to those beasts who killed our fellow Chinese?! Not protesting, reprimanding, but bullets!

MingHao(冥昊) believes China should give proper response and maintain its interest in Africa.

对于这次事件,我们要吸取经验教训,不要让悲剧再次上演。同时,我们应该做出合适的反应,九名中国人是被谋杀的,中国人不是草芥,不能白白被杀害,凶手必须付出代价!我国政府应该采取一些手段,震慑那些心怀鬼胎的人,同时也给受害者亲人一个交代。中国政府应该为自己的公民主持公道!

In light of this incident, we have to learn lessons, so that the tragedy will not occur again.  Meanwhile, we should make an appropriate response. Nine Chinese people were murdered, the Chinese are not trash, and shouldn't be killed like that. The murderers must pay the price! Our government should take some measures to deter those people with malicious intent, and give an answer to the relatives of victims. The Chinese government should uphold the justice for its own citizens!

Some bloggers give their suggestions on how China can protect its interest abroad.

A cross-post on blog HeNanOilField reads,

当然,发生在埃塞的袭击事件是彻头彻尾的恐怖行径,恐怖分子是此事的元凶。但是,作为我们,从事件中该反思什么?

第一,认真考察所在地的安全状况,首先进行安全评估
第二,建立完善的安全应急体系

第三,避免在有争议的地区进行油气田的勘探开发

Definitely, the attack in Ethiopia is downright terrorism and the terrorists are the prime criminal. But, what should we reflect on this incident?

Firstly, study the security situation of the site seriously; make safety assessment first.
Secondly, establish a sound emergency response system

Thirdly, avoid exploring and developing oil and gas fields in the conflict regions.

Tao DuanFang is a Chinese diaspora in Canada. He lived in Africa for a long time. He suggests,

海外战略资源要开发,中国公民的安全也要确保,在这种局面下,能作的选择无非就是两个。

一是加强对被开发国家及所开发地区的预研工作,认真调查、科学评估、慎重决策,做到“千金之子,坐不垂堂”,远离高危地带,既保证资源供应的稳定性,又确保开发者的人身和财产安全。

二是采取一切可以采取的手段,调动一切可以调动的资源,用国家的力量保护在热点地区从事战略资源开发的中国公司和公民。

不管愿意与否,今天的中国已拥有全球利益,海外战略资源的开发,则是这一全球利益中极重要的一环。必须从战略高度确保这一开发的安全,这不仅是为了同胞的生命,同样是为了国家战略资源供应的稳定确保,和相关企业经济利益的不受损失。

We need to develop strategic resources abroad and ensure the safety of Chinese citizens at the same time. In such situations, we have only two options.

First, enhance preliminary research on the countries and regions being developed. We must conduct serious investigations, carry out scientific assessments, and make careful decisions. “A valuable and important person stays away from danger.” Keeping away from the high-risk zones will ensure a stable supply of the resources and the developers’ personal and properties’ safety.

Second, take all possible measures, mobilize all available resources, and use the national power to protect the Chinese enterprises and citizens who are developing the strategic resources at the hot-spot regions.

Whether you accept or not, today's China has its own global interest. The development of strategic resources abroad is a very important part of its global interest. We must ensure the security of this development from a strategical point of view. This is not only for the lives of our compatriots, but also for ensuring a stable national strategic resources supply and protecting the related enterprises’ economic interest.

But to YuJiaXue(雨夹雪), he needs a simple and direct solution–arm the overseas Chinese workers with advanced weapons.

我建议在外派时应该对他们进行军训,配备自卫用的武器。因为我儿子就在埃塞工作,距离欧加登地区有600公里。我担心他们。

I suggest that we should get them military training when sending them out and equip them with self-defense weapons. Because my son is working in Ethiopia, at a place which is 600 kilometers away from the Ogaden region. I worry about them.

6 comments

  • China responds: Not protesting, reprimanding, but bullets!…

    GlobalVoices has got a great round-up of Chinese bloggers’ reactions to the killing of nine of their nationals by the ONLF in Ethiopia’s Somali region. (See “>Reuters’ story on the attack.) Mostly it is a mixture of grief, anger and……

  • tatu

    There is no excuse for terrorism such as what happened in Ethiopia. However the Chinese government has to start looking beyond its huge appetite for world resources. Unfortunately most of these resources that the US, EU and China is after is found in conflict prone zones that atrocities are committed everyday by the ruling governments. This is true with Ethiopia where the government is known for nitrous human right abuses. You can not quench your trust of oil peasfully simply by disregarding the rights of the local people. This is like saying my problem is more important than yours.God be with the families of our Chinese brothers who lost their lives.

  • Hi tatu,

    You should read this post,
    http://www.fpif.org/fpiftxt/4068

  • Claire

    Interesting. Should we conclude from this round up that Chinese bloggers in China are not aware of China’s role in the Darfur war and of some recent western threats to boycott the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijin if China does not “clean up its act” in Africa ?

  • >>Chinese bloggers in China are not aware of China’s role in the Darfur war.

    Chinese bloggers discuss very little on Darfur war. They are not well informed about this.

    >>some recent western threats to boycott the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijin if China does not “clean up its act” in Africa ?

    Do you mean Royal’s claim threatening to boycott Beijing Olympic? Her speech aroused lots of anger from Chinese bloggers as you may guess. Many Chinese are happy with the latest French election’s result, because Royal lost.

  • ogaden

    china is great country they should not work these ethioiana look ogaden region there is no basic services no school no hospital (these tigre idiot wants to steel somali rigion somali people love china and we are only people in africa who vote for chines to get veto in un , so please not help 21 centry impirilisn like ethiopia .

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