A suspect was arrested after 4 Americans stabbed in China

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lin Jian's Regular Press Conference on June 11, 2024

CNN: Cornell College in Iowa told us four of their teachers who were on exchange programme in China were attacked in a park in Jilin city yesterday. It has been confirmed by their families. Can you confirm and provide more information and details? This happened just as the Chinese government has been calling for resuming and increasing people-to-people exchanges between the US and China. Some believe that the incident and the fact that China has not yet issued any statement after the incident may negatively affect that policy. What's your comment?


Lin Jian: We've learned that on the morning of June 10, four foreign teachers from Beihua University, Jilin city, were attacked when touring the city's Beishan Park. All the injured were rushed to hospital and received proper medical treatment. None of them is in critical condition. Preliminary police assessment shows it is an isolated incident. Further investigation is still under way.


On your second question, more people-to-people and cultural exchanges between China and the US serve the interest of both sides and are supported and welcomed by people from all walks of life in both countries. China is widely considered one of the safest countries in the world. There are effective measures to protect the safety of all foreign nationals in China. This isolated incident will not affect the normal people-to-people exchanges between China and the US.


NBC: Further to my colleague's question. Are you saying that police are saying that the official assessment is that this is an isolated attack or targeted attack or is it a random attack? And secondly, is China concerned that these types of incidents, howeverrandom, targeted they may be, will impact a person's decision to come to China?


Lin Jian: I just answered your first question. According to preliminary police assessment, it is an isolated incident. Further investigation is still under way. On your second question, I want to stress again that China is widely considered one of the safest countries in the world. We have and will continue to take effective measures to keep all foreign nationals safe in China.


NBC: So when it's being called an isolated incident, does that imply that it's random or that it was targeted, that the suspect specifically wanted to target these people?


Lin Jian: The police investigation is still under way. We'll have to wait for the results of further investigation to know anything more specific.


Local police in Jilin city, Northeast China's Jilin Province, have apprehended the suspect in the stabbing of four American teachers in a park in the city. 

According to a police statement, the 55-year-old male suspect and one of the victims had allegedly bumped into each other while walking in the city's Beishan Park. The suspect then attacked this foreign national and three other accompanying foreign nationals with a knife, as well as a Chinese tourist who attempted to stop him. 

The four foreign nationals and the Chinese victim are not in life-threatening condition, local police said on Tuesday. 

Source: 外交部