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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on April 17, 2013

2013/04/18

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on April 17, 2013.

Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcement:

At the invitation of the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, special envoy of President Xi Jinping and Vice Chairman Arken Imirbaki of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress will go to Venezuela for the inauguration ceremony of the new President Nicolas Maduro to be held on April 19.

Q: Please brief us on the Chinese nationals killed and injured in the explosions in Boston, the US.

A: Chinese leaders and government are very concerned about the Chinese student killed and the other seriously injured in the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15. The Chinese Foreign Ministry and the Chinese Consulate General in New York are working through different means and have reached the bereaved family. Relevant Chinese departments will continue to fully assist parties concerned in handling related matters. With the help of the hospital in Boston, officials of the Chinese Consulate General in New York have visited the injured, who is now in serious yet stable condition. The Chinese Consulate General in New York will provide assistance for the all-out treatment of the injured at the hospital.

Q: Despite UN Security Council's sanctions against the DPRK, China said that it maintains regular trade with the country. How does China define regular trade relation?

A: There are specific statements in relevant UN Security Council resolutions. China is a permanent member of the UN Security Council and a responsible member of the international community. We will strictly implement relevant UN Security Council resolutions and fulfill due international obligations.

Q: It is reported that a 7.8-magnitude earthquake joilted the Iran-Pakistan border. An Pakistani official said that 34 people were killed and more than 150 injured in Pakistan, and Iran said that 12 people were injured in Iran. What is China's comment?

A: China is very concerned about the situation in the stricken area. We deeply lament the death of the victims and express sincere condolences to the bereaved families and the injured. The Red Cross Society of China is going to provide humanitarian aid to Pakistan's Red Crescent.

Upon learning the earthquake, the Chinese Foreign Ministry immediately instructed Chinese diplomatic missions in relevant countries to verify whether Chinese nationals or institutions were affected by the earthquake. Up till now, we have not been informed by relevant countries about casualties of Chinese nationals in the earthquake. We will continue to follow closely the situation and provide timely consular assistance and services to Chinese nationals and institutions in need.

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