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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on June 24, 2013


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on June 24, 2013.

Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcements.

At the invitation of the government of Nepal, State Councilor Yang Jiechi will pay a visit to Nepal from June 24 to 25.

At the invitation of Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Darussalam, ASEAN's rotating chair, Foreign Minister Wang Yi will attend the ASEAN-China (10+1) Foreign Ministers' Meeting, the ASEAN-China, Japan, ROK (10+3) Foreign Ministers' Meeting, the East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers' Meeting and the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Foreign Ministers' Meeting.

The ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meetings are to set stage for the East Asian Leaders' Meetings to be held in October in Brunei. Foreign Minister Wang Yi will attend four foreign ministers' meetings to discuss with foreign ministers of other countries China-ASEAN relations, East Asian cooperation as well as current international and regional situation.

China believes that East Asia enjoys a sound momentum of development but is also faced with quite a few challenges. In this connection, countries participating at the meeting should enhance communication, expand common ground, remove disturbances, broaden cooperation, seize the hard-won opportunity for the development of East Asia and overcome obstacles lying ahead. China hopes that the foreign ministers' meetings will help promote political mutual trust among all countries, improve regional connectivity and economic integrity, strengthen East Asian cooperation in the field of non-traditional security. We are ready to work together with all parties to that end.

Q: Did the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) get approval from the central government of China on allowing Snowden to leave Hong Kong?

A: The HKSAR government has given a clear statement on Snowden's departure from Hong Kong. Hong Kong is ruled by law. In accordance with the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region as well as the principle of "one country, two systems", the central government always respects the HKSAR government's handling of affairs in accordance with law.


Q: Please brief us on the latest developments of the attack in the campsite of Nanga Parbat in Pakistan-Administered Kashmir and what China has done.