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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on May 10, 2013

2013/05/11

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on May 10, 2013.

Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcement:

At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomalii Rahmon will pay a state visit to China from May 19 to 20.

Q: It is reported that a Philippine fishery administration vessel shot dead a Taiwanese fisherman on May 9. What is China's comment? What will China do in response?

A: Upon learning the incident last night, the Chinese side immediately expressed grave concern and strongly condemned the barbaric act of shooting and killing the Taiwanese fisherman. We require the Philippine side to investigate the incident immediately and give an explanation as soon as possible. We deeply lament the death of our Taiwan compatriot and our hearts and minds are with his family.

I want to reiterate that China is gravely concerned about the Philippines' repeated use of force against unarmed fishermen and strongly condemns the casualty this latest incident has caused. We once again urge the Philippines to swiftly and thoroughly investigate the incident and properly deal with it. We will continue to pay close attention to the follow-up.

Q: During the visits of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to China, China made a four-point proposal for the settlement of the Palestinian issue. Although the two failed to meet in Beijing, it is still believed that China is assuming a more active role in promoting the Middle East Peace Process. What is China's comment? What are the outcomes of the visits?

A: At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas paid a state visit to China from May 5 to 7. At the Invitation of Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid an official visit to China from May 6 to 10.

During their visits, Chinese leaders mainly worked on promoting peace talks between the two parties on the Palestinian issue. President Xi Jinping made a four-point proposal for the settlement of the Palestinian issue.

Palestine and Israel welcome China's bigger role in promoting Palestine-Israel peace talks. The Palestinian side regards the four-point proposal and relevant efforts of China as a demonstration of the importance attached to the Palestinian issue by China's new government and speaks highly of China's adherence to the objective and just stance as well as its strong support for Palestine's independent statehood. Israel appreciates China's commitment to the Middle East Peace Process and expresses the willingness of achieving peace through negotiations.

To play host to Palestinian and Israeli leaders is the fresh efforts made by China for the promotion of Palestine-Israel peace talks. It displays China's constructive stance to solve hot-spot issues such as the Palestinian issue in the Middle East region, and to realize regional peace and stability. China hopes that such effort could build up world's peace-promotion efforts and create favorable conditions for peace talks. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China stands ready to work with the international community to push forward the Middle East Peace Process as it always does. China hopes that both Palestine and Israel could seize the current opportunity, cooperate with the international community and take concrete steps to resume talks as soon as possible and achieve substantive results.

During the visits, China also exchanged views with Palestinian and Israeli leaders on developing bilateral relations and reached broad consensus. Several cooperation documents were signed. We have released relevant information. The situation in West Asia and North Africa was also one of the topics.

Q: First, the Philippines refused to apologize for the shooting incident as demanded by Taiwan. What is China's comment? Second, it is reported that the Philippines recently sent ships to monitor Chinese military vessels and boats around the Ren'ai Reef. What is China's comment?

A: I have made clear China's position. We are committed to protecting Taiwan compatriots' legitimate rights and interests. We will pay close attention to the follow-up of the incident and once again urge the Philippine side to thoroughly investigate and properly deal with the incident.

On your second question, China has indisputable sovereignty over Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters. China's government vessels' normal and routine patrol and law-enforcement in relevant waters off Nansha Islands are totally justified. China urges relevant country to earnestly abide by the spirit of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), refrain from taking any action that may complicate the situation and make due efforts to maintain peace and stability of the South China Sea.

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