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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on April 22, 2013

2013/04/23

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on April 22, 2013.

Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcement:

As agreed between China and the US, US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns will visit China from April 24 to 25. The two sides will exchange views on China-US relations and international and regional issues of common interest.

Q: Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson yesterday remarked on the international community's assistance to the earthquake-hit zone in Lushan, Sichuan, saying that China does not need foreign assistance now. Does China accept assistance from international non-governmental organizations or other forms of humanitarian assistance?

A: Yesterday, Foreign Ministry spokesperson remarked on the international community's assistance to the earthquake-hit zone in Lushan, Sichuan. After the earthquake hit Lushan of China's Sichuan Province on April 20, the international community immediately expressed sympathy and support to the Chinese government and people, and some countries offered to provide assistance in different forms. The Chinese government and people express sincere appreciation and thanks for that. The Chinese government is going all out for the rescue work, allocating plenty of relief materials and mobilizing a large number of rescue teams. At present, China has guaranteed rescue and medical treatment capability and sufficient relief materials. In light of the inconvenient traffic and telecommunications in the quake zone, foreign rescue and medical teams or relief materials are not required now. We will make requests to relevant countries once needed.

We express appreciation and welcome if any country or organization would like to provide fund assistance to China. As far as I know, the Ministry of Civil Affairs accepts the fund on behalf of the Chinese government, and Chinese diplomatic missions abroad can also help collect and transfer the fund. The Red Cross Society of China has publicized the contact information for international fund assistance. I would also like to bring to your attention that yesterday, the State Council released a notice on orderly rescue and relief work in the quake-hit zone in Lushan, Sichuan, saying that people willing to provide assistance is advised to donate in cash, and the money will mainly be used for reconstruction and long-term relocation of the quake-affected residents.

Q: It is reported that a Russian rescue team arrived in Sichuan this noon. Is this contradictory to China's claim that it does not need foreign assistance?

A: As I said just now, some countries offered to provide assistance in different forms. The Chinese government and people express sincere appreciation and thanks for that. The Chinese government is going all out for the res