China supports Pakistan’s position on Osama death: Chinese Foreign Ministry

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On the afternoon of May 3, 2011, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu held a regular press conference. Following excerpt is published in relation to the recent execution of OBL.

Q: Does China believe the Pakistani Government’s claim that it didn’t know that Bin Laden lived close to Islamabad? Will the killing of Bin Laden affect China’s policy toward Pakistan?

A: We made an official response to the incident yesterday. Terrorism is the public enemy of the international community. China opposes terrorism in all its manifestations and actively participates in international counter-terrorism efforts. The international community should step up coordination in taking a holistic approach which addresses both the symptoms and root causes and jointly combating terrorism.

Pakistan is at the important forefront in the international counter-terrorism campaign. The Pakistani Government is firm in resolve and strong in action when it comes to counter-terrorism and has made important contributions to the international counter-terrorism efforts. We have noted that after the incident, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said that it would never allow its territory being used for terrorist attacks against any country and Pakistan would continue to support the international counter-terrorism efforts. We respect, understand and support Pakistan’s position. China will continue to staunchly support Pakistan formulating and implementing counter-terrorism strategies based on its own national conditions and stands ready to work with South Asian countries including Indian and Pakistan to jointly safeguard regional peace and stability.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu’s Regular Press Conference on May 3, 2011

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