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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on April 19, 2013


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on April 19, 2013.

Q: What is China's expectation of French President Francois Hollande's visit to China?

A: During French President Francois Hollande's visit to China next week, President Xi Jinping will hold talks with him, and Premier Li Keqiang 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.

China-France relations are in good shape. Shortly after assuming the presidency, President Xi Jinping had a telephone conversation with President Hollande, which reflected the great importance the two sides attached to bilateral relations. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of China-France diplomatic relations and the 10th anniversary of China-Fance comprehensive strategic partnership. We hope that with President Hollande's visit to China, the two sides will enhance political mutual trust, promote practical cooperation, strengthen communication and coordination in international affairs and take China-France relations to a new high.

As far as I know, relevant departments of the two countries are holding discussions regarding cooperation agreements in various fields, such as economy and trade, environmental protection, science and technology and education, for as many outcomes as possible.

Q: Please brief us on China's assistance to Syria.

A: China attaches great importance to the humanitarian situation in Syria. We deeply sympathize with the sufferings of the Syrian people and have been helping them with concrete actions. We will continue to provide assistance to the Syrian people as our capacity allows. China supports the UN's leading role in coordinating international relief efforts and will continue to strengthen cooperation with the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and other organizations in the humanitarian field.

We also believe that the root cause of the Syrian humanitarian crisis is the continuous violence between the two sides and the deterioration of the security situation. We call on the Syrian government and opposition to cease fire and stop violence as soon as possible, and launch the political dialogue and implement the political transition on the basis of the communiqué of the Geneva foreign ministers' meeting of the Action Group. China will continue to push for the political settlement of the Syrian issue so as to fundamentally resolve the Syrian humanitarian crisis.

Q: It is reported that Chinese Government's Special Representative on the Korean Peninsula Affairs Wu Dawei will visit the US next week. Please give us more information.

A: At the invitation of US Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies, Chinese Government's Special Representative on the Korean Peninsula Affairs Wu Dawei will visit the US next week. The two sides will exchange views on safeguarding peace and stability and realizing denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Q: An African official reportedly said that China had grown from a "comrade in poverty" to a global economic giant and it was time for Africa to stop taking a "romantic view" of China, adding that only by following African countries' terms of labour, technology and added value, can China's cooperation with Africa be win-win. What is China's comment?

A: China-Africa cooperation is win-win cooperation based on equality and mutual respect. In the new era, thanks to China's assistance and investment, Africa's annual economic growth rate exceeds 5 percent. Over 20 percent of Africa's economic growth owes to China-Africa cooperation. Driven by China's demand, African economy took the lead in recovering from the international economic and financial crisis and achieved robust growth. These facts are clear for all so see that China-Africa cooperation is not romanticism, but realism.

Q: What has China done after the Chinese student died in the Boston Bombings? The US issued visas to the student's family and allowed them to attend the memorial service in the US. What is China's comment?

A: Chinese leaders and government are very concerned about the Chinese students killed and injured in the Boston bombings. President Xi Jinping has asked the Chinese Foreign Ministry and the Chinese diplomatic missions in the US to lament the death of the student and convey sympathy to the injured and the two families. Chinese Ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai is in close contact with senior officials of the US State Department, asking the US to make every effort to treat and cure the injured student and provide all possible help and convenience to the two families for their management of the aftermath in the US. China hopes that the US will find out the truth as soon as possible, inform China of relevant situation and bring perpetrators to justice.

The US lamented the death and injury of Chinese students in the incident and conveyed sympathy to the two families through the Chinese diplomatic missions in the US. The US side said that it would continue to provide all convenience to the two families for their journey to the US and that it issued visas to the families and would provide all kinds of assistance in their management of the aftermath in the US.

Q: The Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) reportedly issued a statement the other day, promising to boost their military force in the Central African Republic by 2,000 soldiers in a bid to assist the transition government in maintaining security as well as restructuring security forces. What is China's comment? How does China view the current situation in Central Africa?

A: We appreciate the ECCAS' positive efforts for the proper settlement of the Central Africa issue and hope that the measure will help restore order in Central Africa soon, safeguard social stability and ensure people's safety as well as the operation of the economy. We value the leading role of regional organizations like the ECCAS and the African Union (AU) in solving the Central Africa issue and call on all relevant parties in Central Africa to bear in mind the fundamental interests of the people and make joint efforts to lead the country out of the crisis at an early date.

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