China warns its citizens in Papua New Guinea to step up precautions amid violence

BEIJING (Reuters) – The Chinese embassy in Papua New Guinea issued a notice on Thursday reminding Chinese citizens and organizations in the country to strengthen security precautions as a wave of riots, vandalism and looting hits the capital.

In a statement, the embassy said there were localized riots, vandalism and looting, including at number of Chinese stores, and commercial facilities.

At present, there are no reports of deaths of Chinese citizens, however, several were slightly injured, the embassy said.

(Reporting by Bernard Orr and Shanghai newsroom; Editing by Kim Coghill)