Q: Our colleagues in Pakistan said that Cheng Guoping will lead a counter-terrorism delegation there. Do you have more details regarding this trip? Will China discuss issues such as extremists and terrorist groups in Pakistan and their impact on neighboring countries such as Afghanistan and India?
A: At the invitation of Syed Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Palestinian Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Cheng Guoping, the State Commissioner for Counter-Terrorism and Security Matters of China will visit Pakistan very soon, exchanging views with relevant departments in Pakistan on enhancing counter-terrorism and security cooperation between the two countries.
Q: Earlier this week, the Pakistani government arrested Haifiz Saeed who is accused of masterminding the attack in Mumbai. Some Pakistani government officials have said that the Chinese government officials have put pressure on Pakistan to ensure his arrest. Is this true?
A: I have noted relevant reports. Pakistan has made enormous efforts as well as sacrifices in the fight against terrorism and extremism. China supports Pakistan in independently formulating and implementing counter-terrorism measures and conducting international counter-terrorism cooperation on the basis of mutual respect.
Q: Regarding the arrest of Haifiz Saeed by the Pakistani government, can you confirm whether China has pressured Pakistan to do so?
A: I have already given my answer. I want to stress again that China supports international counter-terrorism cooperation and believes that such cooperation shall be based on mutual respect.
Pakistan has made enormous efforts as well as sacrifices in the fight against terrorism and extremism. China supports Pakistan in independently formulating and implementing counter-terrorism measures and conducting international counter-terrorism cooperation.
Q: Media reports said that Chinese soldier Wang Qi who has been detained inside India since 1963 hopes to return to China and reunite with his family. Is China in communication with India on this? What efforts have you made?
A: Officials in charge of the consular affairs in the Chinese Embassy in India have given a response. The Chinese Embassy is aware of this case and has been in close contact with Wang Qi, his families and relevant departments in India. We are very sympathetic with the conditions Mr. Wang is currently facing and have been offering help. We believe that under the joint efforts of the two sides while respecting the wishes of Mr. Wang, this case will come to a satisfying end.