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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on October 18, 2013

2013/10/18

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on October 18, 2013.

Q: Norway formed its new government this week. Will it help amend the relationship between China and Norway?

A: We have noted relevant reports. China-Norway relationship is bogged down in difficulty, and the liability does not rest with the Chinese side. We hope that the Norwegian side could earnestly respect China's core concern and take concrete actions to pave the way for the recovery and growth of bilateral relations.

Q: China and India held talks on streamlining the visa regime recently. Can we expect to see any agreement on this during Indian Prime Minister Singh's visit to China?

A: We believe that relaxing restrictions on visa application will facilitate personnel exchanges and promote economic cooperation and trade between the two sides. China welcomes that. During Prime Minister Singh's visit to China, the two sides will sign a series of agreements on bilateral cooperation in a wide range of areas. China and India are in close communication on that. I have nothing more to provide at the moment.

Q: A Japanese cabinet member paid homage to the Yasukuni Shrine this morning. What is China's comment?

A: The Yasukuni Shrine is the Japanese militarism's symbol and its spiritual tool for aggression wars against other countries. There are still 14 Class-A criminals of WWII worshipped in the shrine, who have committed bloody crimes against people of China and other victimized Asian countries. The issue of the Yasukuni Shrine is an issue about whether Japan can correctly view its history of aggression and colonial rule with profound remorse, and whether it respects the feelings of people of the victimized countries, including China. It is a major matter of principle that has a bearing on the political foundation of China-Japan relations.

Japanese cabinet member's visit to the Yasukuni Shrine is a blatant attempt to whitewash the Japanese militarism's history of aggression, and to challenge the outcomes of the Second World War as well as the post-war international order. China is resolutely opposed to that. Vice Chinese Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin has summoned the Japanese Ambassador to China for solemn protest and strong condemnation. I want to reiterate that only by facing up to and earnestly reflecting on its history of aggression can Japan draw lessons from history and open up the future for its relations with Asian neighbours. We solemnly urge the Japanese side to stay true to its statement and commitment of reflecting on its history of aggression and take concrete actions to win the trust of its Asian neighbours and the international community.

Q: The Spokesperson of the UN Secretary-General reportedly said yesterday that the UN is endeavouring to make it possible for the Geneva II meeting on Syria to be held in mid-November. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will invite all relevant parties to attend the meeting. What is China's comment?

A: China always believes that political resolution is the only practical way out for the Syrian issue. Progress has been made in verifying and destroying chemical weapons in Syria. The international community, while supporting the UN and the OPCW in carrying on with the verification and elimination of chemical weapons, should vigorously promote the process of political resolution. China is ready to work with all relevant parties for an early convocation of the Geneva II meeting.

Q: What would you see as the major successes of China-India relations in the past few years?

A: Thanks to the concerted efforts of the two sides, China-India relations have maintained sound momentum of growth and yielded fruitful results of cooperation over recent years. The two sides, committed to solving the boundary question at an early date, reached important consensus on peacefully solving the boundary question through friendly consultation and maintained peace and tranquility of the border areas. The two countries enjoy ever-expanding practical cooperation in various fields and constantly enhanced coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs, thus playing a very important role in promoting regional peace and development. During Premier Li Keqiang's recent successful visit to India, he reached broad consensus with Indian leaders on further deepening bilateral relations, which laid a solid foundation for the in-depth growth of China-India comprehensive strategic cooperation in the new era. The two sides agreed to foster cooperation in Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar economic corridor, railways and industrial parks construction. It will help tap the potential for bilateral cooperation and deliver more benefits of China-India practical cooperation to the two peoples.

The combined population of China and India represents one third of the world's total. Friendship, cooperation and development between China and India is in the interests of both countries and is of major implications and significance to the whole world. We hope to make joint efforts with India to further enhance political mutual trust, deepen practical cooperation, strengthen communication and coordination on major international and regional issues and keep pushing ahead China-India strategic cooperative partnership.

Q: Indian Prime Minister Singh's visit to China will be preceded by Bangladeshi Foreign Minister's visit. Will China, India and Bangladesh discuss the building of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar economic corridor?

A: During Premier Li Keqiang's visit to India last May, China and India proposed the building of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar economic corridor to boost mutual investment, trade and cooperation in such areas as infrastructure, industrial parks and railways and discussed the start of talks on regional trade arrangement. With this initiative, the two huge markets of China and India can better complement each other for mutual benefit.

The economic corridor, which aims to connect South Asia with East Asia, will be highly instrumental in advancing regional connectivity. Competent authorities of the four countries have been in communication on this. We hope that all parties could work together to advance this important initiative and fully harness its energy in spurring the economic growth of the four countries and Asia at large.

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