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


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

Q: It is reported that Hassan Rowhani was elected Iran's new president. What is China's comment? How does China envision the development of China-Iran relations?

A: China congratulates Hassan Rowhani on his election as Iranian president. China-Iran relations have enjoyed a sound momentum of development over recent years. China values its relations with Iran and is ready to take this opportunity to push forward the sound and steady development of friendly cooperation between the two countries in all fields.

Q: The spokesman for the DPRK's National Defence Commission offered in a statement on June 16 high-level talks with the US. The US said that it would only engage in "real" talks with the DPRK. What is China's comment?

A: We have noted relevant reports. China always stands for denuclearization, peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula as well as a settlement of relevant issue through dialogue and consultation in a peaceful manner. We hope that all parties concerned will bear in mind the big picture, do more to ease tensions and create conditions for the resumption of dialogue and the Six-Party Talks at an early date.

Q: It is reported that six Chinese students were violently attacked in France, and one of them was badly injured. The French Interior Ministry has condemned the attack. What is China's comment? What has China done in the follow-up?

A: China strongly condemns the violent attack against Chinese students in France on June 14. The Chinese Foreign Ministry and Embassy in France are highly concerned about the incident. The Embassy has sent staff to the scene to render all necessary assistance to those students. The injured have received proper medical treatment. The Chinese side has lodged representations with the French side, urging the latter to properly handle the case, bring the perpetrators to justice and take concrete actions to safeguard Chinese citizens' safety and legitimate rights and interests.

Q: The US' recent announcement of arming the Syrian opposition met with Russia's objection. What is China's position and comment on that?

A: China follows closely the situation in Syria. China always believes that political resolution is the only practical way out for the Syrian issue. There are positive developments on the way to the political resolution of the Syrian issue, and the international community is preparing for a new international conference on the Syrian issue. We hope that relevant parties could seize the opportunity, work responsibly for a successful meeting so as to promote the political resolution of the issue, and avoid taking any action that could further militarize the Syrian crisis.

Q: The DPRK recently offered to hold talks with relevant parties. Is there any plan for dialogue between China and the DPRK?

A: As agreed by foreign ministries of China and the DPRK, Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui will co-chair the strategic dialogue between foreign ministries of China and the DPRK with Kim Kye-gwan, First Vice Foreign Minister of the DPRK on June 19 in Beijing. They will exchange views on bilateral relations, the situation on the Korean Peninsula as well as international and regional issues of common interest.

Q: Some people in the US suggested that Snowden might have cooperation with China and work as its "spy". How do you comment?

A: It is totally groundless.

Q: Germany, Japan and some other countries have asked the US for an explanation on its cyber surveillance programme. Has China followed suit?

A: The US should heed the concerns and requirements of the international community and the public of other countries and give the international community a necessary explanation.

Q: It is reported that a Chinese-funded company will build a transoceanic canal across Nicaragua. Does it mean that the Chinese government supports Chinese companies' investment and business in Nicaragua?

A: The Chinese government has been encouraging and supporting Chinese companies' mutually beneficial cooperation with other countries in line with the principle of market economy. As for the specific canal project you mentioned, China and Nicaragua have not established diplomatic relations. Relevant cooperation is the company's own decision.

At the end of the press conference, Hua Chunying said that today was China's first National Low-Carbon Day. The Foreign Ministry would embrace the low-carbon idea to conserve energy.

Let's join the endeavour from now on and make every effort in our daily life to improve and protect the environment and realize sustainable development of the world.

After the press conference, a journalist asked: The recent China-US presidential meeting attracted wide attention. What is China's comment on the meeting? What about the US?

Hua Chunying said that State Councilor Yang Jiechi gave a very detailed briefing on the meeting and its outcomes on June 8. As he pointed out, this meeting was not only the first face-to-face contact and communication between the two presidents after the two countries completed their leadership transition, but also a pioneering undertaking in high-level association between China and the US. Through the meeting, the two sides enhanced mutual understanding and trust, reached a series of important consensus and yielded positive results. In particular, the two sides agreed to build a new pattern of relationship between major countries, respect each other and cooperate for win-win outcomes that benefit not only the two peoples but also people around the world. The meeting charted the course and mapped out the blueprint for the future development of China-US relations. In a word, it was a meeting of strategic, constructive and historic significance, which would exert significantly positive influence on the future development of China-US relations, and peace, stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

I have noted that US National Security Advisor Mr. Donilon also held a briefing on June 8 and spoke highly of the presidential meeting. The US regarded the meeting as unique and important in terms of the setting, the style, the length, breadth and depth of the discussions and the timing. The US also enumerated the outcomes of the meeting and said that the meeting was positive, wide-ranging, constructive and successful in achieving the goal. The US also emphasized that it would work together with China to chart a new course for US-China relations and "build out what President Xi and President Obama call the new model of relations between great powers".

China will work closely with the US to follow through on the important consensus between the two leaders and score new progress in building the new type of major-country relations between China and the US.

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