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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on October 30, 2013

2013/10/30

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on October 30, 2013.

Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcements:

The third round of strategic dialogue between China and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will be held in Beijing on November 4. The dialogue will be co-chaired by Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Foreign Minister Khalid Bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa of Bahrain, which holds the current rotating presidency of the GCC. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah of Kuwait, which will be the next rotating president of the GCC, Energy Minister Suhail Mohammed Al Mazrouei of the UAE, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nizar bin Obaid Madani of Saudi Arabia, Secretary-General of the GCC Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al Zayani and representatives of other member states will attend the dialogue.

At the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla of the Republic of Cuba will pay an official visit to China from November 5 to 7.

Q: The results of the Georgian Presidential election show that ruling coalition candidate Georgy Margvelashvili of the Georgian Dream party won the election with over 60% of the votes. What is China's comment?

A: China congratulates Georgia on the successful presidential election. Georgia is a friend of China. We are ready to, on the basis of mutual respect and friendly cooperation, enhance the traditional friendship with Georgia, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation and continuously advance China-Georgia relations.

Q: What has been done to deal with matters concerning the death and injury of foreign tourists caused by the jeep crash on the Tiananmen Square?

A: Five foreign tourists are among the dead and injured caused by the recent jeep crash on the Tiananmen Square. We are distressed by this unfortunate incident, and express condolences to the victims and sympathies to the bereaved families and the injured. Relevant Chinese authorities acted immediately after the incident to ensure that the injured get timely and effective treatment. We also informed relevant countries' embassies in China of the incident and facilitated consular officials' visits to the injured and their performance of consular duties. We will continue to offer necessary assistance and properly deal with relevant matters.

Q: On October 29, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution with a vote of 188 to 2, requiring the US to lift its economic, commercial and financial embargo on Cuba for 22 years in a row. What is China's comment?

A: China attaches great importance to relations with Cuba and supports Cuba's legitimate demand. We maintain that equal-footed dialogue and friendly consultation is the best way to resolve differences. We hope that relevant country could terminate its economic, commercial and financial embargo on Cuba in accordance with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and relevant resolutions of the UN General Assembly as soon as possible.

Q: It is reported that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda the other day. Please confirm and give us more details.

A: Foreign Minister Wang Yi had an informal meeting with senior members of the Japanese delegation attending the ninth Beijing-Tokyo Forum in China on October 26. The two sides had a candid exchange of views on China-Japan relations. Wang Yi elaborated China's policy toward Japan and urged the Japanese government to take seriously problems hampering bilateral relations. Wang Yi also called on eminent people from all walks of life in Japan who are committed to promoting China-Japan friendship to renew their efforts to that end.

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