- Title: China says it's in close communication with Pakistan to rescue hostages
- Date: 25th May 2017
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (MAY 25, 2017) (REUTERS) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN LU KANG WALKING IN FOR REGULAR BRIEFING MEDIA SEATED (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN, LU KANG SAYING: "The Chinese government's relevant department and our embassy in Pakistan - Consulate General in Karachi - activated emergency mechanism immediately, and have maintained close communication with Pakistan and coordinated with Pakistan's relevant department to take all necessary measures to rescue the kidnapped Chinese as soon as possible while ensuring personnel safety. Moreover, we also coordinated with Pakistan's relevant department to take further necessary and effective measures to ensure the safety of all Chinese citizens and institutions in Pakistan." BRIEFING IN PROGRESS EXTERIOR OF CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY CHINESE NATIONAL FLAG FLYING
- Embargoed: 8th June 2017 10:50
- Keywords: rescue hostages close communication chinese hostages in Pakistan Chinese foreign ministry
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice
- Reuters ID: LVA0016IC67NP
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:China's foreign ministry said on Thursday (May 25) that it is in close communication with Pakistan after two Chinese language teachers were kidnapped in the Pakistani city of Quetta.
No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, a rare attack on Chinese nationals that is likely to worry Beijing.
In the past Islamist militant groups have kidnapped foreigners in Pakistan to seek ransom or drum up publicity for their cause.
China has pledged to invest $57 billion (44 billion pounds) in Pakistani road, rail and power infrastructure in a flagship project of its vast 'Belt and Road' initiative to connect Asia with Europe and Africa. China's ambassador to Pakistan and other officials have often urged Islamabad to improve security.
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