China raises representation with Myanmar over sentences on its nationals

Updated: 2015-07-23 07:36


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China raises representation with Myanmar over sentences on its nationals

Photo taken on June 10, 2015 shows Myanmar's National League for Democracy (NLD) chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi at Yangon International Airport in Yangon, Myanmar. Aung San Suu Kyi left here on Wednesday for her first visit to China aimed at enhancing mutual understanding and promoting cooperation and friendly relations between the two neighbors. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING - China is highly concerned with a verdict by Myanmar that has sentenced Chinese nationals to more than 10 years in prison for illegal logging, said a Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Wednesday.

The loggers were sentenced under a 1963 law calling for jail terms of 10 years to life for anyone who steals or otherwise misuses or abuses public property.

Spokesperson Lu Kang said China had made representations with Myanmar over the matter.

China has asked Myanmar to take China's concern seriously, take every factor into account and properly handle the case, he said.

Since these Chinese nationals were arrested by Myanmar at the beginning of this year, China has repeatedly raised representation with Myanmar from various channels, he said.

China has requested the Myanmar side to consider the actual situation of those loggers and deal with the matter in a lawful, reasonable and sensible way, he said.

China also asked Myanmar to resolve the case properly and return those Chinese citizens as soon as possible, he added.

Those Chinese nationals were arrested in raids on illegal logging that began on Jan. 4 in Myanmar's conflict-stricken northern Kachin State.