China says will investigate reports citizens abducted in Pakistan were missionaries

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson says Chinese nationals overseas must adhere to local laws and regulations


Reuters June 14, 2017
Picture of the Chinese who were kidnapped in Quetta. PHOTO: EXPRESS

BEIJING: China's Foreign Ministry said they will work with the Pakistani government to investigate reports the two Chinese nationals abducted by the Islamic State in Quetta were missionaries.

In a statement released late on Tuesday, ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said China attached great importance on protecting the safety and legal rights of Chinese nationals overseas, but they must adhere to local laws and regulations, and respect local traditions and customs.

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"As for reports that the relevant Chinese nationals were suspected of illegal missionary work in Pakistan, we will cooperate with the Pakistan government and launch and investigation in accordance with the law," Lu said.

The pair, identified by Pakistan authorities as Lee Zing Yang, 24, and Meng Li Si, 26, were abducted by armed men pretending to be policemen on May 24 in Quetta. Last week, Islamic State's Amaq news agency said its members had killed them.

The kidnapping was a rare crime against Chinese nationals in Pakistan, which has long had close ties to Beijing, but it has alarmed the growing Chinese community in the country.

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Pakistan's Interior Ministry on Monday alleged for the first time that the two were preachers who had abused the visa system by posing as business people to enter the country. "Instead of engaging in any business activity they went to Quetta and under the garb of learning Urdu language from a Korean national...were actually engaged in preaching," the ministry said in a statement. It did not say what kind of preachers they were, nor did it say if the Korean was from North Korea or South Korea.

In his statement, Lu reiterated that China opposed all forms of terrorism and commended the Pakistan government's pledge to continue protecting Chinese people and businesses in the country.

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Sam | 3 years ago | Reply Our Job is to Secure our Chinese brothers. End of Story. We must bar everyone from Quetta as its the only area where afghan terrorists/indian agents can sneak in. Kulbushan is an example. Chinese will be guaranteed safe even more than China if they take rented homes in Bahria town or DHA or private housing socities. Private housing socitieties have their own super security or else they should reside in major cities. From Murree/Islamabad to Lahore this all route has always been safe.
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