Nato air raid: China ‘deeply shocked’ by what US calls a ‘tragedy’

Published: November 28, 2011

China's Foreign Ministry said on Monday it was "deeply shocked" about a NATO cross-border air attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers and urged respect for Pakistan's independence and sovereignty. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON: While the White House came out for damage control following Saturday’s deadly Nato air raid in Pakistan’s tribal region, a “deeply shocked” China called for an investigation into the incident.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said President Obama believed the air strike that threw US-Pakistani ties into turmoil was “a tragedy,” adding that “we mourn those brave Pakistani service members that lost their lives.”

“We take this matter very seriously,” said Carney, adding that two inquiries by the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) in Afghanistan and US Central Command would examine what took place.

“As for our relationship with Pakistan, it continues to be an important cooperative relationship that is also very complicated,” Carney said.

“It is very much in America’s national security interest to maintain a cooperative relationship with Pakistan because we have shared interests in the fight against terrorism,” he added.

China, on the other hand, expressed concerns over the air raid in Mohmand Agency that killed two dozen security personnel.

“China is deeply shocked at the incident and expresses strong concerns and deep condolences to the victims in Pakistan,” foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a news briefing.

“China believes that Pakistan’s independent sovereignty and territory should be respected and that this incident should be earnestly investigated and handled in a serious manner.”

Published in The Express Tribune, November 29th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (26)

  • Tony Singh
    Nov 28, 2011 - 12:57PM

    So now China will stop all trade with US and NATO countries till further notice.

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  • Nov 28, 2011 - 1:15PM

    Oh… my dear friend China I am ready for your embrace.

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Nov 28, 2011 - 1:20PM

    Any attack on Pak is same as an attack on China. So, what’s next?

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  • Malatesh
    Nov 28, 2011 - 1:31PM

    China is trying to cook its food on this burning issue.

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  • bitterTruth
    Nov 28, 2011 - 1:44PM

    Again lip service ….That to after 3 days…

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  • sadaf baloch
    Nov 28, 2011 - 1:47PM

    ching chong ching , pakistan china zindabad

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  • Su 30MKI
    Nov 28, 2011 - 3:21PM

    All weather friend can easily bring UN security council resolution against US, NATO for infringement against Pakistan territory .Will all weather friend do it , so they willl hurt a 2/3 of its trade relationship with west ? After all Pakistan is to China is what Israel to USA…well i didnt say that, Beijing said that..( to me, atleast Yankees keep their word, they defended Israel at every given situation to the hilt, so you see, words alone dont matter )…

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  • hedgefunder
    Nov 28, 2011 - 3:57PM

    “China is deeply shocked by these events, and expresses strong concern for the victims and profound condolences to Pakistan,”

    Yes, so are we !! Its all very sad too !!
    What took them so long to make such a lip service statement????
    After all these are Pakistan’s all weather friends !! perhaps it was bit too cold for comfort in Beijing !!!!

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  • sara
    Nov 28, 2011 - 3:57PM

    atleast someone is showing respect for Pakistan!

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  • let there be peace
    Nov 28, 2011 - 5:05PM

    China should offer asylum to all ‘freedom fighters’ of Af-Pak in its Xinjiang province

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  • Dalai Lama
    Nov 28, 2011 - 5:20PM

    Hypocracy at its best.These are the same people who cut the throats of innocent TIBETIANS Recommend

  • dude
    Nov 28, 2011 - 5:21PM

    lip service

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  • Akthar
    Nov 28, 2011 - 5:27PM

    Our Deeper than Ocean, higher than mountains friend took just 2 days to condemn but we still dont know what they are planning to do? We got the same support like during the Kargil, Abbottabad, Drones, Raymond Davis..

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  • Amir Ali
    Nov 28, 2011 - 5:49PM

    No China…dont worry it was a miscommunication…just ask ET

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  • sajid
    Nov 28, 2011 - 6:36PM

    There is no such thing as all weather friendship amongst countries only strategic alliance. China must have remebered that it needs Pakistan to sell its cheap ghatiya products and kill terrorists in Xinjiang and is now issuing a statement.

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  • Aadersh
    Nov 28, 2011 - 6:45PM

    Thanks China,Turkey & all our brotherly nations who have condemned these brutal killings…

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  • Osbama
    Nov 28, 2011 - 9:52PM

    Chinaa ! U R my true frend!!

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  • Abdullah
    Nov 28, 2011 - 11:45PM

    China is Pak True Friend

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  • RajX
    Nov 28, 2011 - 11:46PM

    “all weather friend” china as a permanent member of the UN security council can atleast attempt to pass a resolution condeming this attack. Why are they not doing it? Oh..pakistani is not a Han and china,like most nations, cares a hoot about other countries.

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  • Raj - USA
    Nov 29, 2011 - 12:22AM

    I remember Dalai Lama once commenting: I do not talk much. I am not a Chinese !!!!!!

    China’s is under fire from India (backed by USA), Australia, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and other countries.

    You can’t blame China for not providing enough support. They are probably ashamed to be associated with Pakistan and may be calculating in their minds the cost Vs. benefits of such association.

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  • hedgefunder
    Nov 29, 2011 - 2:55AM

    @Raj – USA:
    Could’nt have put it better !!! Chinese are not stupid and are perfectly aware of pakistan’s situation and flaws too, it took them 2 days to make comment and that should sound alarm bells in Islamabad and GHQ, as to what happened to special relationship !!!
    Their response has been very mute !

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  • Vicram Singh
    Nov 29, 2011 - 5:59AM

    If TIBET was free, China and India would not have boundary issues. Something to work towards, don’t you think ?

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  • Nov 29, 2011 - 7:38AM

    China has called for an investigation. Tellingly, Pakistan won’t consider this.

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  • Shyam
    Nov 29, 2011 - 8:39AM

    China is “Shocked”, offers “condolences” and have said they will “examine” this. Where does it say China CONDEMNS Nato attack?. I must be missing something

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  • G. Din
    Nov 30, 2011 - 7:37PM

    And this, so soon after they were recovering from shock they were sent into by the Abbottabad abduction of the friend and confidante of both “sweeter than the honey” friends. After all, how much must a “true friend” suffer for “deeper than the oceans” friendship!

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  • Ching pak gonwrong
    Nov 30, 2011 - 8:36PM

    Our friendship is deeper than ocean but then trade and US$$$ are much more deeper.

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