Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on July 9, 2018
At the invitation of President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Minister of Culture and Tourism Luo Shugang, as President Xi Jinping's Special Envoy, will travel to Turkey to attend the inauguration ceremony of President Erdogan on July 9.
As agreed by China and the European Union, Premier Li Keqiang will co-host the 20th China-EU Summit with Donald Tusk, President of the European Council and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission in Beijing on July 16.
Q: Do you have any updates to share with us on the rescue efforts after boats capsized off Thailand's Phuket island? What has been done by the Chinese side for the follow-up matters?
A: This accident in Thailand's Phuket island has been on the minds of all Chinese people. I have some latest updates here on the rescue efforts and other follow-up work since the accident happened.
After cross-checking with various parties, we know that there were 127 Chinese people in total, with 122 of them boarding the two boats and five others never getting on the boats. Of the 122 passengers aboard, 75 were rescued, 41 lost their lives, and six were still missing. The Chinese rescue team is cooperating with the Thai side. Our two sides are sparing no efforts in the search and rescue work. We have asked the Thai side to expand their searching area under the sea and mobilize all resources to increase search frequency. The Thai side made it clear that their search efforts will not cease until every missing Chinese tourist is found.