Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesman, Lu Kang has said that China commends the pledge made by the Pakistani side to take further effective measures to ensure the security of Chinese nationals and institutions in Pakistan. “China firmly opposes and strongly condemns all forms of terrorism and extreme violent actions targeting civilians and supports Pakistan in its efforts to fight against terrorist forces and safeguard national security and stability,” he said at his regular news briefing in Beijing.
Responding to a question about the two Chinese nationals abducted in Pakistan, he said, “We acknowledge the positive efforts made by the Pakistani side to try and rescue the kidnapped.” He said, “China and Pakistan have been in close communication and coordination with each other since the kidnapping incident took place. The Chinese side has been highly concerned about the information that the two kidnapped Chinese in Pakistan might have been killed.”
“So far, the Pakistani side has yet to finally confirm the aforementioned information to China. We will continue to do our best and coordinate with the Pakistani side to verify as soon as possible the relevant situation,” he added. He also said that, “China will further strengthen counter-terrorism cooperation with the international community to ensure peace and stability of the region and beyond. Attaching high importance to protecting the safety and lawful rights and interests of Chinese nationals overseas, China stands ready to enhance communication and cooperation with the relevant countries.”
“Meanwhile, we always ask Chinese nationals traveling overseas to observe local laws and regulations, respect local customs and practices, and heighten awareness for potential risks. As for reports on Chinese nationals allegedly engaging in illegal preaching activities in Pakistan, we will work with the Pakistani government to carry out investigation in accordance with law,” the Spokesman said. In response to a question about China’s mediation between Afghanistan and Pakistan, he said, “In principle, the Chinese side has all along supported the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peaceful reconciliation process and the peace process of Afghanistan.”
“Meanwhile, we hope that the relevant regional countries can strengthen solidarity and cooperation, jointly combat terrorism, work for regional peace and stability, and create enabling conditions for common development and prosperity of the region,” he said.