China launches protest with Sudan over hostages
China has lodged a formal protest with Sudan over the capture of 29 Chinese workers by rebels, after dispatching a team to the African nation to help secure their release.
Seventeen others who escaped a rebel attack in the border state of South Kordofan have now been taken to Khartoum.
The rebels, who have been fighting the government in the region since last March, say they have the Chinese in a safe place.
James Copnall reports from Khartoum.
31 Jan 2012
- From the section Africa