The Diplomat published on 20 November 2015 a report titled "Chinese Citizens among 170 Hostages Taken in Mali Hotel" by Shannon Tiezzi. Three senior executives with the China Railway Construction Corporation died in the attack.
The Diplomat subsequently published on 29 November 2015 a report titled "After Deadly Attack in Mali, How Will China Protect its Citizens Abroad?" by Benjamin David Baker. Baker discusses the growing number of security threats faced by Chinese nationals living in or visiting Africa. He adds that Beijing is trying to develop a credible response to these threats.