Earlier, Pakistan had said the two Chinese nationals killed by ISIS were involved in "preaching" in the country.
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. We will cooperate with Pakistan in the investigation.
'Instead of engaging in any business activity, they went to Quetta and under the garb of learning (the) Urdu language from a Korean national.were actually engaged in preaching, ' the ministry's statement said.
He said attaching high importance to protecting the safety and lawful rights and interests of Chinese nationals overseas, China stands ready to enhance communication and cooperation with the relevant countries. China said it would investigate whether the couple had been working as missionaries in a country which is 98 percent Muslim.
He further said that China and Pakistan have been in close communication and coordination with each other since the kidnapping incident took place.
Yu Zhengsheng, the Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) today met Pakistan's Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Zubair Mahmood Hayat here and appreciated Islamabad's support to Beijing in combating terrorism. They say they entered Pakistan on business visas but later began "preaching", without offering details.
Yu in his meeting with Zubair called for implementation of the consensus reached by the leaders of both countries to promote the construction of the Dollars 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and forge a community of shared future, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. He also said this information should be "shared with all security agencies".
China appreciates Pakistan's efforts to rescue the two hostages and its commitment to better protect Chinese nationals and institutions in Pakistan, Lu said.