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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on October 22, 2013

2013/10/22

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on October 22, 2013.

Q: It is reported that the British government signed a deal with France's EDF and two Chinese nuclear companies for the construction of two nuclear reactors in the UK. What is China's comment?

A: You can refer to relevant companies for further information. The cooperation between China and relevant countries in the field of civil nuclear energy based on rules of the market economy is mutually beneficial.

Q: It is reported that China and India are looking to sign a border defence agreement during Indian Prime Minister Singh's visit to China. Please confirm.

A: Prime Minister Singh will start his visit when he arrives in Beijing this evening. It marks another important high-level visit between China and India following Premier Li Keqiang's visit to India last May, and will be the first time for the two Prime Ministers to exchange visits within a year since 1954. China places great importance on Prime Minister Singh's visit. We hope, through this visit, to further enhance strategic mutual trust with India, promote practical cooperation and people-to-people and cultural exchanges, step up communication and coordination on major international and regional issues and advance China-India strategic cooperative partnership.

In a recent interview with the media, Prime Minister Singh spoke positively of China-India relations and stated that there are growing consensus and common interests between our two countries. Indeed, consensus and common interests between China and India far outweigh differences and problems. China is ready to work with the Indian side to properly resolve the outstanding problems and ensure the sound and steady growth of China-India relations. During Prime Minister Singh's visit, the two sides will sign a number of bilateral cooperation deals covering a wide range of areas. As to whether a border defence cooperation agreement will be signed, you can wait for the news release after the two Prime Ministers' talks tomorrow. I would like to stress that thanks to the joint efforts, the two sides have signed the agreement on the political parameters and guiding principles for the resolution of the boundary question. The two sides also reached initial consensus to peacefully resolve the boundary question through friendly consultation and jointly safeguard peace and stability of the border areas. The two sides agreed to jointly maintain peace and tranquility of the border areas pending an overall settlement of the boundary question. There are also effective border-related consultation and coordination mechanisms between the two sides. We are ready to further strengthen communication and coordination with the Indian side, continue leveraging the existing mechanisms and better safeguard peace and tranquility of the border areas.