Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Regular Press Conference on November 23, 2018
Q: According to reports, the Chinese Consulate-General in Karachi, Pakistan has been attacked today. Can you offer some details on what happened exactly?
A: According to the information at my hand by far, at around 12:00 a.m. Beijing time, three illegal militants were caught by Pakistani police when they attempted to break into the Chinese Consulate-General in Karachi. All the three militants were killed and two Pakistani security personnel lost their lives in the shootout. All the staff of the Chinese Consulate-General in Karachi and their families are safe.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has sent condolences to the Chinese Consulate-General in Karachi.
China strongly condemns any violent attacks against diplomatic and consular missions and has asked Pakistan to take concrete measures to ensure the safety of Chinese citizens and institutions in Pakistan. In the meantime, we mourn for the Pakistani security personnel who were killed in the line of duty and send condolences to the bereaved families and those injured.
Q: The Baluchistan Liberation Army in Pakistan claimed responsibility for this attack on the Chinese Consulate-General in Karachi. How does China comment on this organization’s record in the past and its claiming responsibility? Can you confirm that it is this organization that attacked the Consulate-General?
A: As far as I know, the Pakistani side is conducting investigation into this incident.
Q: Did the gunmen at any stage actually enter any part of the grounds of the Consulate? And also on Pakistan’s television, there are images being shown of black smoke rising from the Consulate. Do you know what that black smoke is?
A: According to what I have learned, the militants didn’t enter the compound of Chinese Consulate-General in Karachi. The shootout happened outside the Consulate-General.
Follow-up: So that black smoke would also possibly be outside and not inside the grounds of the Consulate? Is that right?
A: The militants didn’t enter the compound of Chinese Consulate-General.
Q: Are you aware that were there any attackers who were not killed and got away? And also what is the impact on the operations of the Consulate? I assume that it is currently closed as the crisis is going on. Is that right? Do you know how long that might be the case?
A: Just as I said, according to the information at my hand at this point, three illegal militants attempted to break into the Chinese Consulate-General in Karachi, and all of them have been killed. As far as I know, the Consulate-General is now closed.
Q: The Pakistani security forces have responded very quickly and overcome the attack and killed all militants. How does China comment on the response of Pakistan?
A: The Pakistani side took timely and effective measures to protect the safety of the premises and staff of the Chinese Consulate-General in Karachi, and the Pakistani security personnel even lost their lives in the shootout. We highly appreciate the efforts made by Pakistan, mourn for the Pakistani security personnel who were killed in the line of duty and send condolences to the bereaved families and those injured.
Q: On the attack on the Consulate, will this have any impact on the Chinese investments in Pakistan and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor?
A: China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic cooperative partners, and the practical cooperation across the board between the two sides has brought tangible benefits to the two countries and peoples. Building the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is an important consensus reached by the leaders of the two states, which is of key significance to promoting peace, stability, development and prosperity of the two countries and the region. It has won extensive support from the people of the two countries and is being advanced in an orderly way.
China will continue to work with Pakistan to steadfastly promote CPEC and bring greater benefits to the people of the two countries and other countries in this region.
Q: You said China and Pakistan will continue with the building of CPEC. Do you think there needs to be additional security measures, especially given that this is not the first attack by people saying that they want an independent Baluchistan?
A: China highly appreciates the efforts made by Pakistan to safeguard CPEC and ensure the safety of Chinese citizens and institutes in Pakistan. We believe Pakistan will continue taking effective measures to ensure the development of CPEC in a safe and smooth manner.