China: We will continue to support Pakistan’s economic and social development

Beijing: After the tragic attack on Chinese nationals at the University of Karachi, which left four dead including three Chinese nationals and several injured, strong condemnation emerged from various quarters, including the Chinese government, which demanded that the perpetrators be held accountable for their heinous crimes. Also, on Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin held a press conference during which he reiterated China’s commitment to stand with Pakistan and continue to support the economic and social development of Pakistan and the improvement of people’s livelihoods.

During the press conferenceWang Wenbin was asked to comment on China’s response to the attack on Chinese nationals and whether China was concerned about the impact the attack would have on China-Pakistan relations.

Responding to the question, Wang Wenbin stressed that terrorism is “the common enemy of all mankind.” He said the treatment of the injured and the follow-up work for the victims were progressing in an orderly fashion. He also pointed out that China and Pakistan are resolute and capable of cutting the terrorists’ evil claws and making them pay the price.

Referring to the rock-solid friendship between the two countries, Wang Wenbin said the strong friendship enjoys popular support in both countries and China has always supported Pakistan’s national development.

“[La Chine]will continue to support the economic and social development of Pakistan and the improvement of people’s livelihoods. The Pakistani government is committed to strengthening the security of Chinese personnel, projects and institutions in Pakistan and not allowing any force to undermine the great China-Pakistan friendship and cooperation. We believe that the Pakistani side will take vigorous measures to ensure that China-Pakistan cooperation progresses safely and smoothly. Any attempt to undermine China-Pakistan friendship and cooperation will be thwarted by the Chinese and Pakistani peoples.

The spokesperson also asked Chinese nationals residing in Pakistan to take extra security precautions and pay close attention to security risks.

Joel C. Hicks