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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on January 4, 2013

2013/01/05

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on January 4, 2013.

Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcement:

From January 9 to 11, Chinese government's Special Envoy and Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun will visit the ROK to exchange views on bilateral relations and issues of common interest under new circumstances.

Q: The ROK's Court turned down Japan's extradition request for Liu Qiang. What is China's comment? It is reported that Liu Qiang has left the ROK and returned to Shanghai. Please confirm.

A: On January 3, the ROK's Seoul High Court made the decision to reject Japan's request of extraditing Liu Qiang to Japan. China welcomes the result of the case. Liu Qiang has been properly arranged and returned to China on January 4.

The Chinese government attaches great importance to protecting the safety and legitimate rights and interests of overseas Chinese nationals. The Chinese Embassy in the ROK has sent staff to visit Liu Qiang several times and offered him necessary assistance within its mandate.

Q: Why was Chris Buckley, the New York Times' journalist, denied visa extension? Is it due to the newspaper's China-related reports?

A: China always deals with issues concerning foreign media and journalists in accordance with laws and regulations.

The New York Times claims that Chris Buckley is its Beijing-based journalist. However, as is known to all, Mr. Buckley has been working for another foreign news agency in the past years. According to the Regulation of the People's Republic of China on News Coverage by Permanent Offices of Foreign News Agencies and Foreign Journalists, if Mr. Buckley is to leave the news agency that he works with, the agency should complete relevant paperwork with the Foreign Ministry before his departure. But up till now, the news agency has not informed us of Mr. Buckley's departure or filed visa-extension application for him, nor has Mr. Buckley himself returned his press card issued by the Department of Information of the Foreign Ministry. We do not know which agency Mr. Buckley is now working for. Therefore, his application as the New York Times' Beijing-based journalist is not in conformity with China's regulations. Hence there is no denial of his visa extension, still less is he being forced out of China.

I have noted some media's recent reports, which show that they are still looking at China through colored lenses and reporting on China with a fixed mindset. We hope that they will keep pace with the times, look at and report on China in an objective and fair manner.

Q: The Myanmar military reportedly staged