BEIJING: Chinese foreign ministry on Friday said they strongly condemn the attack on their consulate in Pakistan.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said all consular staff and their families were safe following the shooting, which was claimed by a separatist group.
“China strongly condemns any violent attacks against diplomatic agencies and requests that Pakistan takes practical measures to ensure the safety of Chinese citizens and institutions in the country,” Geng said at a regular press briefing.
Geng said the gunmen did not enter the consulate and the exchange of fire took place outside the facility.
“We highly appreciate the efforts of the Pakistani side,” he said when asked about Pakistan’s response to the attack.
Geng said the attack would not affect Beijing’s commitment to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which seeks to connect its western province Xinjiang with the Arabian Sea port of Gwadar, in Balochistan.
“China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic partners,” the spokesman said.
“With the broad support of the two peoples, it (CPEC) is proceeding in an orderly manner. China will continue to work with Pakistan to firmly move forward with the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor,” he said.-AFP