外文标题：China oil giants prepare Iraq evacuation plans: Report
BEIJING: Major Chinese oil firms have prepared evacuation plans in case spreading violence in Iraq — a key energy provider to the Asian giant — threatens their operations, state media reported Thursday.
China has more than 10,000 workers on a wide range of projects in the Middle Eastern country, officials say, although most are in the south, far from the current fighting.
Militants from the jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have captured vast amounts of territory in a lightning offensive that is entering its second week.
"As of today, most Chinese workers have gone to work as usual. But if insurgents begin to attack Baghdad, we will pull out of the country immediately," an employee of Chinese state-owned energy giant China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) told the Global Times newspaper.
Resources are a key interest for China, the world's second-largest economy, and Iraq is its fifth-largest source of crude oil imports, while China is the largest foreign investor in Iraq's oil sector.
Production at the four oil fields of PetroChina, the listed arm of China's largest oil producer China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), has not been affected, a company representative told the paper.
All of them are in central or southern Iraq, but the representative added: "Some Chinese nationals in the north were evacuated. We have prepared some contingency plans."
Being safe is better than saying sorry later. The nation's preparedness is just one above in planning and executing in such contingencies!
I am surprised that China has expanded its business empire so much; where are we?
biplop Indian (Delhi)
China should send its own security staff as well to save the resources interest for China, the world's second-largest economy, and Iraq is its fifth-largest source of crude oil imports, while China is the largest foreign investor in Iraq's oil sector.
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Bharat vamsi (Unknown)
Chinese, who are least bothered about lives of their citizens but most bothered about their properties are evacuating, means, problem in Iraq is going to prolong.
Easwar Venkatraman (Mumbai)
This is the basic reason why this civil war within Iraq is triggered by US. They do not want China to have a say in the oil fields of Iraq and now will do a deal with the insurgents forcing the other countries to go out of Iraq and US will get more petro dollars.
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Its all US sponsored !!
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Veerendra Kumar (Bangalore)
Bad news for all and now there are lot of chances of increase of oil prices.
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kumar gaurav (India)
India should deploy at a navy vessel for immediate evacuation of its nationals from the war torn country.
damm...this is what Uncle sam and puppet wanted as the grip on oil field was losing...now they will come back again as messiah,,commit all kind of carnage and posses control..
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gaurav gupta (Unknown)
Bad news for all....
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Dharmesh Pandya (Ahmedabad)
This is how you evacuate poople of home country !!! need to learn from them !!
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Alternate fuels must be found and promoted. The near total dependence on oil puts the world economy in jeopardy quite often.
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