15 Jun '11, 11am

Reporter visits "New Benghazi," a Chinese ghost town in Libya

Chinese exodus leaves behind Libya ghost town Topics: Economy Government and Policy International On Wednesday 15 June 2011, 18:42 Hundreds of cement mixers, cranes, and forklifts stand silent on a massive construction site among grey buildings left unfinished when Chinese workers abandoned Libya as fighting flared. The "New Benghazi" project which employed 11,000 came to an abrupt halt when the builders, China State Construction Engineering Corporation, evacuated its workers as an anti-regime uprising broke out in mid-February. China has significant commercial interests in Libya including oil, railway and telecoms projects. But the Asian economic powerhouse was forced to evacuate more than 35,000 migrant workers from the North African country in the largest such overseas operation ever undertaken by Beijing. "Within three days, at the onset of the revolution, they were al...

Full article: http://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/Chinese-exodus-leaves-be...

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