I was reading a news article (about Trump canceling his meeting with Kim Jong Un, 25 May, 2018) on a flight:

Newspaper snippet

I don't understand the use of 在来自中 in the second sentence:

dāngtiān zǎoxiēshíhòu, zài láizì zhōng, é, měi, yīng, hán děng wǔ guó 20 duō míng jìzhě de jiànzhèng xià, cháoxiǎn zhàhuǐle fēngxīlǐ héshìyànchǎng de kēngdào, ...

I translate this to:

In the early morning, with [???], Russia, the USA, England, South Korea, and 5 other countries, and 20+ journalists to witness, North Korea blew up Fengxi's nuclear test facility tunnels, ...

I don't understand what 来自 (láizì) = "come from" is doing here, nor what (zhōng) = "within" is achieving in this sentence.

Question: What does 在来自中 mean in 在来自中、俄、美、英、韩等五国, ...?

  • 来自 is a complete word, which anything following would be the source of 来自.
    – wolfrevo
    May 27 '18 at 3:51
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    ... under witness of 2 dozens of journalists from China, Russian, USA, UK, South Korea... (來自 means "from" , e.g. a reporter from USA). May 31 '18 at 1:09

中 is the short form of 中国 here.

中 = China

There’s a 顿号 (、) after 中 so you can tell that it is part of a list, that would aid your deciphering methods letting you know it’s not a phrase with the words in front of it.


Is it more understandable when it's translated into: under the witnessing of 20+ journalists coming from 5 countries including China, Russia,....


The sentence has a small issue here. 等 should be deleted because 中、俄、美、英、韩 altogether already reached to 5 countries. The correct sentence should be:





As fefe pointed out, the original sentence is also correct 在来自中、俄、美、英、韩等五国20多名记者的见证下. But you can remove 等 as well. It might be about the personal stylish.

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    “等” can be used when all are listed.
    – fefe
    May 28 '18 at 6:55
  • @fefe You might be right. The dictionary on my phone has a sentence to support your point. 长江、黄河、黑龙江、珠江等四大河流. But in my opinion, 等 means so on and so forth. If all has been listed, why do we need verbosely to add 等 at the end. Maybe, this is not about right or wrong, but a stylish thing I think.
    – dan
    May 28 '18 at 7:28
  • It's an indication that the listing ends here.
    – jf328
    May 30 '18 at 12:08

Maybe a pair of parentheses can help you understand the sentence:


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