Ghanaian law enforcement officials have detained 124 Chinese workers suspected of illegally mining gold.

The Chinese embassy said on its website that authorities in the resource-rich West African nation searched a hotel in the country's central region and captured a number of Chinese citizens on Sunday.

The embassy says it is negotiating with the Ghanaian government and has expressed concern over raids of areas near mines where Chinese people have been living.

The embassy says Ghana has said it would temporarily suspend its crackdown on illegal mining and allow Chinese workers to return home if they wish. It says Chinese citizens should abide by the law in foreign countries.

China is eager to be seen as capable of maintaining the security and rights of its citizens abroad.