Beijing: Chinese government and its citizens today denounced terrorism and mourned the victims of a military-style Islamist attack on a French satirical paper in Paris by two heavily armed men that killed 12 people.
"We are deeply shocked at the attack and strongly condemn it," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said, "We mourn?the victims and express our sympathies to the bereaved families and the injured."
"China firmly opposes all forms of terrorism and supports French efforts to protect domestic security," Hong added.
The attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo yesterday by two heavily armed men with possible links to al-Qaida has killed 12 people including four cartoonists.
The masked, black-clad men with assault rifles stormed the offices near Paris' Bastille monument to attack the publication, which had long drawn condemnation and threats.
The brazen broad daylight attack also drew strong condemnation on social networking sites by ordinary citizens.
"Respect for life should be the bottom-line of all human beings," a blogger wrote on Sina Weibo, Chinese equivalent of micro-blogging site Twitter.
Many also posted images of candles to show sympathy.
China has experienced several deadly terrorist attacks in recent years.
Zhang Dexing witnessed the attack in Kunming. He got the news about events in Paris on the Internet.
"I saw the reports and thought: such things do not just happen in China," he said referring to the last year's deadly knife attack at a railway station in southwest China's Yunnan Province, killing 29 and injuring another 143.
During the Kunming attack, Zhang organised volunteers to use clubs and fire extinguishers to fight the attackers.
"I don't know the victims (of the Paris attack), and I don't know the killers either," Zhang said, "but, when facing terrorists, we must be brave and unite to fight," he said.
Li Wei of the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations said that China opposes all forms of terrorism and will work with other countries in accordance with the United Nations principles.