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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on April 23, 2013


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on April 23, 2013.

Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcement:

Ambassador Wu Sike, the Chinese Special Envoy on the Middle East Issue, will visit Palestine and Israel from April 25 to 30 to exchange views with the two sides on the latest situation of the Middle East peace process and mediate for peace talks.

Q: Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on April 22 that both Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine and the Cabinet ministers' visit to the Shrine are "in their private capacity" and should not affect diplomatic relations. On April 23, a group of 168 Japanese lawmakers visited the Yasukuni Shrine. What is China's comment?

A: How Japan views the history and deals with the Yasukuni Shrine issue is an important reference for its Asian neighbours and the international community to observe and learn about what path Japan will take in the futuer. No matter in what form or capacity do Japanese leaders visit the Yasukuni Shrine, it is essentially an attempt to deny the invasion history of Japanese militarism. Japan's actions and intention merit the high vigilance of its Asian neighbours and the international community.

Only by taking history as a mirror can one look into the future. We urge Japan to adopt a responsible attitude towards the history, the people and the future, earnestly honor its remarks and commitments of repenting on its aggression history, take concrete actions to win the trust of the international community and avoid actions that benefit no one and would only isolate itself.

Q: It is reported that some Japanese right-wingers entered waters off the Diaoyu Islands by boat today. What is China's comment?

A: The Chinese Foreign Ministry has lodged solemn representations and strong protest against the Japanese right-wingers' provocative action of illegal entry to the Diaoyu Islands waters. China Maritime Surveillance organized an 8-ship fleet on the early morning of April 23 to carry out patrol and law enforcement in waters off the Diaoyu Islands. It is learnt that the Japanese right-wingers' boats have left the waters off the Diaoyu Islands.

Q: Please brief us on the latest development of Chinese troops' "line-crossing patrol" in the China-India border area. Have foreign ministries of the two countries communicated on this?

A: I elaborated on China's position on this issue yesterday. I would like to stress that China-India relations are in good shape and the two sides have maintained good communication and coordination on the boundary issue. China stands ready to work with India to properly solve the boundary issue left over by history through peaceful negotiations to create favorable conditions for the healthy and stable development of bilateral relations.

Q: After the earthquake hit Lushan of Sichuan Province, some countries offered to provide assistance to the hit zone. Will China accept international assistance?

A: After the earthquake hit Lushan of Sichuan Province, some countries and international organizations offered to provide support and assistance in different forms, which reflects their friendly sentiments towards the Chinese people. We once again express sincere appreciation and thanks for that. We will keep in close contact with relevant countries and international organizations in light of the actual need of relief and reconstruction work.

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