"We shall start a war against ISIS"
Chinese netizens are demanding that China should send troops to fight against ISIS after the terrorist group claimed to have killed two Chinese nationals in Pakistan.
Earlier this month, Reuters reported that ISIS claimed to have killed two Chinese teachers who were kidnapped in Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchista.
“Islamic State fighters killed two Chinese people they had been holding in Baluchistan province, southwest Pakistan,” the militant group’s Amaq news agency said.
Although Chinese officials have not yet confirmed the deaths, the country’s foreign ministry said that Beijing was informed by Pakistan officials that a Chinese couple had been kidnapped and may have been killed. India Times reports that the couple were identified as Lee Zingyang, 24, and Meng Lisi.
Since, Weibo users have been calling for payback.
“We shall start a war against ISIS, killing them on behalf of the two murdered Chinese,” said Weibo user Zhou Qi Bei Hou.
Lingchen99096 said, “It is time to fight violence with violence.”
The response of the Pakistan government, which claims that the two Chinese nationals were involved in illegal activities, seems to have added fuel to the flame. “The Pakistani government said they were told that the two Chinese were missionaries. I was just wondering, who told them,” one user said.
India Times questions how the criticism on social media has been stirred up despite the firewalls.
A spokesman from the Chinese foreign affairs ministry said on Wednesday that Beijing was investigating the incident.