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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on April 15, 2013

2013/04/16

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on April 15, 2013.

Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcement:

At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, President Francois Hollande of France will pay a state visit to China from April 25 to 26.

Q: It is reported that Acting President Nicolas Maduro has won Venezuela's presidential election. What is China's comment?

A: We respect the choice of the Venezuelan people, congratulate Maduro on his election as the President and hope that Venezuela will maintain stability and development.

Since the establishment of diplomatic ties 39 years ago, especially the strategic partnership of common development in 2001, China-Venezuela relations have come a long way. China stands ready to work with Venezuela for further development of friendly cooperation so as to better benefit the two peoples.

Q: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir visited South Sudan on April 12, saying that his visit signals the beginning of normalization of relations between the two countries. South Sudanese President Salva Kiir also said that the two countries had agreed on resumption of oil exports and border trade. What is China's comment on the current relations between Sudan and South Sudan?

A: China welcomes and appreciates Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's visit to South Sudan, which represents important progress of the improvement of relations between the two countries. We hope both sides will maintain the good momentum and continue to properly solve other pending issues through negotiation.

Q: Former Speaker of Japan's House of Representatives Yohei Kono started his visit to China on April 14. Which Chinese leader will meet with him? What message will China send to the Japanese side through this visit?

A: China maintains normal exchanges with Japan's ruling and opposition parties as well as friendly groups, which is good for the two sides to enhance communication, appropriately solve disputes and promote sound development of bilatereal relations. As for the specific visit you mentioned, please consult the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.

Q: All parties have been following the DPRK's recent actions. Has China communicated with the DPRK?

A: China's position on the Korean Peninsula issue is clear, firm and consistent. No matter what happens, we should adhere to denuclearization and peace of the Peninsula and solving the issue through dialogue. China has been in close communication with all relevant parties and urging them to remain calm, exercise restraint and avoid provocative or intimidating words as well as actions that may escalate the tension. We call on all parties concerned to resume the Six-Party Talks, carry out dialogues, improve relations, build mutual trust and jointly push forward denuclearization of the Peninsula so as to realize long-lasting peace and stability in Northeast Asia. China will continue to maintain close communication with relevant parties and make unremitting efforts toward these goals.

Q: Please brief us on the schedule of French President Francois Hollande's visit to China.

A: During President Hollande's visit to China, President Xi Jinping will hold talks with him and other Chinese leaders will meet with him respectively. The two sides will have an in-depth exchange of views on China-France relations, China-EU relations and other international and regional issues of common interest. President Hollande will also visit Shanghai and attend the inauguration ceremony of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU)-Paris Tech Elite Institute of Technology at SJTU.

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