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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on July 4, 2013

2013/07/04

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on July 4, 2013.

Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcement.

At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, President Goodluck Jonathan of the Federal Republic of Nigeria will pay a state visit to China from July 9 to 12.

Q: The Egyptian military suspended the constitution, called for early presidential and parliamentary elections and installed an interim government on July 3. The Chief Justice of the supreme constitutional court will act as interim president until the elections. What is China's comment on the current situation in Egypt? Will it affect China-Egypt relations?

A: China follows closely the situation in Egypt and respects the Egyptian people's choice. We hope that relevant parties in Egypt would not resort to violence, dissolve differences through dialogue and consultation as soon as possible and realize reconciliation and social stability. The Chinese and Egyptian people enjoy deep traditional friendship. No matter how the situation changes, the friendly and cooperative relations between our two countries will remain unchanged.

Q: Will the turmoil in Egypt affect the operation of Chinese diplomatic missions there? Is there any report of Chinese casualties?

A: There have been massive demonstrations in Egyptian cities like Cairo and Alexandria since June 30. The Chinese Foreign Ministry has launched the emergency response system, instructed Chinese diplomatic missions in Egypt to protect the safety of Chinese nationals and institutions in Egypt, posted consular alert on the website to remind Chinese citizens to be cautious about travelling to Egypt. The Chinese diplomatic missions in Egypt follow closely the developments of the situation in Egypt, remind Chinese citizens and institutions in Egypt through various means to step up precautions and require relevant departments of Egypt to take effective measures to protect the safety of Chinese nationals and institutions. We have not received any report of Chinese casualties. We hereby remind once again Chinese citizens to be cautious about travelling to Egypt.

As far as I know, Chinese diplomatic missions in Egypt are still performing their duties and will continue to follow up on the situation in Egypt together with the Foreign Ministry and cooperate with relevant departments to safeguard the safety as well as legitimate rights and interests of Chinese national and institutions in Egypt.

Q: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is visiting China. Will there be any new progress in China-Pakistan anti-terrorism cooperation?

A: Pakistan has made tremendous efforts and great sacrifice to combat terrorism. China supports Pakistan in making anti-terrorism strategy based on its national conditions. The international community should help Pakistan overcome difficulties and challenges on the premise of respecting Pakistan's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. China will continue to firmly support the efforts of the Pakistani government and people to maintain national security and stability and combat terrorism. China is willing to deepen anti-terrorism cooperation with Pakistan.

Q: Japan said that it could not accept China's oil and gas development in the vicinity of the "medium line" in the East China Sea. How does China respond?

A: China is justified in carrying out development activities in waters under its jurisdiction. China has never accepted the so-called "medium line" unilaterally claimed by Japan.

Q: Vice Premier Wang Yang and State Councilor Yang Jiechi will attend the Fifth Round of China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogues in Washington, DC next week. What is on the agenda of the dialogues?

A: We released the information about the Fifth Round of China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogues this morning. President Xi Jinping's special representatives, Vice Premier Wang Yang and State Councilor Yang Jiechi will co-chair the Fifth Round of China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogues with US President Barack Obama's special representatives, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew on July 10 and 11. The two sides will have an extensive and in-depth exchange of views on implementing the outcomes of China-US presidential meeting at the Annenberg Estate and further enhancing coordination and cooperation in all bilateral fields and major international and regional issues. Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao and Assistant Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang will brief the press on the dialogues in the Blue Room of the Foreign Ministry at 10 am tomorrow morning. Journalists are welcome to the briefing.

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