China asked Pakistan to ensure safety and security of its nationals

Vastavam web: China today asked Pakistan to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of its nationals and institutions in the country, a day after two of its nationals were kidnapped by gunmen in the restive Balochistan province.Condemning the kidnapping of a Chinese couple from Jinnah Town area of Quetta, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the authorities from the two countries are working together to rescue them.”Chinese government attaches great importance to the safety and security of Chinese nationals overseas. We denounce abduction in all its forms,” Lu told a media briefing.
He said China called on Pakistan to take further steps to ensure the safety and security of Chinese nationals and institutions in Pakistan.”The Chinese government will work with the Pakistani side to spare no efforts to rescue the two nationals at an early date,” he said.The couple who were teaching Chinese in Pakistan were allegedly kidnapped by gunmen yesterday in Quetta, raising concerns in Beijing over the security situation in Pakistan amid China’s massive investment push in the country.No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping yet.Chinese interest in Balochistan has spiked in recent years after the announcement of the USD 50 billion China- Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which plans to connect the Pakistani port of Gwadar to Xinjiang in China.