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

2013/10/17

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

Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcements:

At the invitation of Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council, Mongolian Prime Minister Norov Altankhuyag will pay an official visit to China from October 22 to 26.

At the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni of the People's Republic of Bangladesh will pay an official visit to China from October 19 to 22.

Q: Iran and P5+1 countries concluded their meeting in Geneva with a joint statement. During the meeting, a new proposal was presented by Iran on solving the nuclear issue. What is China's comment on this round of talks?

A: The new round of talks between P5+1 countries and Iran was held in Geneva on October 15 and 16, bringing together senior representatives from P5+1 countries and the Iranian Foreign Minister. The Iranian side came up with a new thought of talks, and participants to the meeting had a serious discussion on the new proposal presented by Iran on solving the Iranian nuclear issue. It is decided that detailed discussions will be held during next round of talks in Geneva on November 7 and 8.

China always believes that to solve the Iranian nuclear issue through dialogue and negotiation is in the interests of all parties. This round of talks offers a new opportunity to the proper resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue through dialogue and negotiation. Relevant parties should seize the opportunity, be flexible and practical, accommodate each other's concerns and carry out substantive negotiations, so as to make headway at an early date.

China, who is committed to promoting talks for the peaceful settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue, will continue taking an active part in the talks between P5+1 countries and Iran and playing a constructive role for the peaceful settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue through political and diplomatic means.

Q: US President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill passed by the US Congress which temporarily spares the US a debt crisis. What is China's comment?

A: The US is the largest economy in the world, and the proper resolution of this issue serves not only its own interests but also world economic stability and development. We welcome the progress made by the US in solving relevant issue.

Q: Having dropped the plan of visiting the Yasukuni Shrine during the autumn festival, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided to send a ritual offering to the Shrine. What is China's comment?

A: China has repeatedly expounded its position on the Yasukuni Shrine issue. We once again urge the Japanese side to face squarely and honestly reflect on its history of aggression, respect the feelings of the people of China and other victimized countries in Asia and properly handle relevant issue.

Q: Chinese nationals died in the crash of a Lao passenger plane yesterday. Please confirm and give us more details on what China has done so far.

A: On October 16, a Lao Airlines plane crashed and caused the death of two Chinese nationals, including one Taiwan compatriot.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry paid close attention to the accident and immediately started the emergency response mechanism at the Center for Consular Assistance and Protection. The Chinese Embassy in Laos wasted no time in learning relevant information from the Lao Foreign Ministry and relevant airlines to confirm the identity of Chinese nationals and called on the Lao side to expedite rescue efforts and provide relevant information in real time. The Embassy has got in touch with the families of the victims and will actively assist them in dealing with relevant follow-up work.

The Center for Consular Assistance and Protection of the Foreign Ministry and the Chinese Embassy in Laos will follow closely the developments and provide necessary assistance to the families of the victims.

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