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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on July 2, 2013

2013/07/02

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on July 2, 2013.

Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcement.

At the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird will pay an official visit to China from July 3 to 4.

Q: It is reported that Snowden has applied for political asylum in many countries including China. What is China's comment?

A: I have seen relevant report, but have no information on that.

Q: Will the recent violent terrorist attack in Xinjiang be discussed during Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's visit to China? Is there any connection between the attack and the terrorist forces based in Pakistan?

A: We have released the information about Pakistani Prime Minister Sharif's visit. He will pay an official visit to China from July 3 to 8. Leaders of the two countries will exchange views on deepening bilateral relations, promoting practical cooperation in all fields and other issues of common interest. Information about their talks and meetings will be released in due course.

As for whether there is any connection between the violent terrorist attack and terrorist forces in and outside China, I have made clear China's principled position. I would like to reiterate that the East Turkistan terrorist forces, which have increased collusion with international terrorist organizations, severely impair China's national security and put other countries' peace and stability in danger. China will step up cooperation with relevant countries to combat terrorist organizations, including the East Turkistan terrorist forces.

Q: The UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2107 to terminate provisions that allowed the military enforcement of the measures against Iraq under Charter VII of the UN Charter. What is China's comment?

A: China welcomes the UN Security Council's unanimous adoption of Resolution 2107. We support the UN in playing a positive role in helping solve relevant issue. China attaches importance to developing friendly and cooperative relations with Iraq and stands ready to push for constant progress of bilateral relations on the basis of equality and mutual benefit.

Q: Reports say that the East Turkistan forces, who were involved in the civil war of Syria, were behind the violent terrorist attack in Xinjiang. Does that mean that China have common cause with Syria?

A: I want to reiterate that China is firmly opposed to all forms of terrorism. The East Turkistan terrorist forces have increased collusion with international terrorist organizations, severely impairing China's national security and puting other countries' peace and security in danger. China will step up cooperation with relevant countries to combat terrorist organizations, including the East Turkistan terrorist forces.

China's position on the Syrian issue is clear. We respect the Syrian people's choice and call on all relevant parties to play a positive and constructive role for the political settlement of the Syrian issue by jointly helping Syria cease fire and stop violence as soon as possible and start political dialogue.

Q: The EU said yesterday that China should be more transparent in handling the violent terrorist attack in Xinjiang. What is China's comment?

A: The Xinhua News Agency has fully covered the violent terrorist attack in Xinjiang with detailed facts and explicit characterization. Both China and the EU are victims of terrorism. We should firmly oppose and jointly condemn all forms of terrorist attacks. Violent terrorism is the enemy to not only all ethnic groups in China, including Xinjiang, but also all mankind. Taking double standards and condoning violent terrorist attacks, will only harm ourselves and others. A responsible country will by no means sit watching violent terrorist forces taking innocent lives. We must take resolute and necessary measures to protect people's safety and property and safeguard national unity and social stability.

We hope that relevant countries and media could view relevant issue from a comprehensive and objective perspective, see clearly the nature and danger of violent terrorism, understand and support what the Chinese government has to do to protect people's safety and property and safeguard national unity and social stability.

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