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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on April 16, 2013


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on April 16, 2013.

Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcement:

At the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Foreign Minister Abdyldaev Erlan Bekeshovich of the Kyrgyz Republic will pay a working visit to China from April 17 to 20.

Q: It is reported that Boston of the US was hit by explosions on April 15, causing heavy casualties. What is China's comment? Are there any Chinese nationals among the casualties?

A: China strongly condemns and firmly opposes any violent attack against civilians. We deeply lament the death of victims and express sincere condolences to the victims and their families.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry attaches great importance to the safety and legitimate rights and interests of Chinese nationals overseas. Upon learning the explosions in Boston, the Chinese Consulate General in New York immediately launched the emergency mechanism. As far as I know, at the moment, a female Chinese student was injured in the explosions and is under treatment at a local hospital. The Chinese Consulate General in New York has sent officials to visit her at the hospital

Q: It is reported that during his recent visit to Japan, US Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a speech entitled the 21st Century Pacific Partnership, in which he comprehensively outlined the "rebalancing" policy of the US toward Asia and described it as the "Pacific Dream" of the US. What is China's comment?

A: Lasting peace and common prosperity is the shared dream of Asia-Pacific countries. China's Asia-Pacific strategy is defined by three key words, i.e. openness, inclusiveness and win-win. We welcome the US' constructive participation in the Asia-pacific affairs and stand ready to engage in positive interactions with the US in Asia-Pacific so as to jointly safeguard regional peace, stability and prosperity. This is good to both countries and the world and will make the Pacific more peaceful.

Q: It is reported that after France withdrew its first batch of troops from Mali last week, President of Chad also said on April 15 that the country will pull out all its combat troops. What is China's comment on the current situation in Mali?

A: Peace in Mali remains fragile. There is still a long way to go to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Mali as well as regional peace and stability. China hopes that the international community will continue to pay attention and give support, and work closely with Mali to play a positive role for consolidating the security situation in Mali.

Q: It is reported that Pakistani and Afghan army peacefully solved the differences over the construction of a Post by Pakistan along the border area through a dialogue in Islamabad. This is the first time that the two sides avoided escalation of the tension through dialogue. What is China's comment?

A: China is the common neighbour and friend of both Pakistan and Afghanistan. We are happy to see the two sides engage in dialogue and cooperation and jointly deal with challenges, which not only serves the common interests of both sides, but is also conducive to regional peace and stability.

Q: An Iraqi official said that a series of bombings struck the country on April 15, killing and injuring more than one hundred people. What is China's comment?

A: China condemns the bombing attacks in several places of Iraq yesterday that caused heavy casualties. China opposes any violent attack against civilians. We hope relevant parties in Iraq could make joint efforts to safeguard and promote national stability and development.

Q: Will China send an official to attend the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher?

A: China has received the invitation. Chinese Ambassador to the UK Mr. Liu Xiaoming will attend the funeral on behalf of the Chinese government.

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