|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Remarks on the Explosion in Thailand|
Q: An explosion occurred on August 17 in central Bangkok, Thailand, killing 19 people including Chinese nationals and injuring more than 100. What is China's comment on this? What actions has China taken in response to this?
A: On the night of August 17 local time, an explosion occurred in central Bangkok, Thailand and caused major casualties. According to the preliminary verification by the Chinese Embassy in Thailand, the explosion killed 4 Chinese tourists, including 2 Hong Kong residents, and injured more than 20 Chinese tourists. The Chinese side strongly condemns the explosion, extends deepest condolences to the victims including the Chinese nationals, and expresses sincere sympathies to the bereaved families and the injured.
After the explosion, the Foreign Ministry and the Chinese Embassy in Thailand immediately activated emergency response, and spared no efforts in arranging relevant work. The Chinese Embassy in Thailand sent officials to the site and the local hospitals to check on the conditions of the affected Chinese. It has been in contact with relevant departments of the Thai government, urging the Thai side to find out the facts, do the very best to treat the injured, make proper arrangements for the deceased, and take effective measures to ensure the safety of Chinese people and institutions in Thailand.
On the morning of August 18, Foreign Minister Wang Yi convened an emergency inter-ministerial coordination meeting to collect information about the conditions of Chinese nationals and analyze the security situation in Thailand. Various departments mapped out their responsibilities in the follow-up work concerning the deceased, in treating the injured and consoling the affected families, and in making representations with the Thai side.
On the afternoon of August 18, leading official of the Department of Asian Affairs of the Foreign Ministry met with senior official of the Thai Embassy in China, urging the Thai side to treat the injured with the best efforts, make proper arrangements for the follow-up matters, bring perpetrators to justice, and take measures to ensure the safety of Chinese people and institutions in Thailand.
China will remain in close contact with the Thai side, make the best arrangements for the deceased and the injured, and take active measures to ensure the safety and the interests of Chinese people and institutions in Thailand.