China says most of its workers have returned from Syria as conditions there worsen, although about 100 people are still there looking after projects.
Commerce Minister Chen Deming told a news conference on Wednesday that the remaining workers were looking after property assets and projects, but did not say where in Syria they were.
According to Chinese media reports, more than 5,000 Chinese were living in Syria a year ago. They started to leave as the violence increased and there were only about 700 in the country in November.
Chen said that once the situation in Syria stabilizes the Chinese workers will return to restart the projects, which he did not specify.