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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on November 6, 2013


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on November 6, 2013.

Hong Lei started the press conference with the following announcement:

At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, President Abde-Rabbuh Mansour Hadi of the Republic of Yemen will pay a state visit to China from November 12 to 15.

Q: Tajikistan holds its presidential election today. What is China's comment?

A: China has noticed the presidential election held today in Tajikistan. As a friendly neighbour and strategic partner of Tajikistan, China believes that this election will be a success.

At the invitation of Tajikistan, China has sent a delegation there to observe the election. The Chinese observer delegation will make a timely, objective and impartial assessment on the election.

Q: It is reported that UN-Arab League Joint Special Representative on the Syrian issue Lakhdar Brahimi held talks with US and Russian representatives in Geneva on November 5. He said that no agreement on the date of the Geneva II conference had been reached by the parties. What is China's comment?

A: Political solution is the only realistic way out for the Syrian issue. It has become a broad consensus of the international community. We hope relevant parties of the Syrian issue could strengthen their sense of urgency, stay in communication and consultation and make efforts for the early convocation of the Geneva II conference. China will continue to play a positive and constructive role in promoting the political settlement of the Syrian issue.

Q: It is reported that the 37th session of the General Conference of UNESCO was convened the other day. Chinese representative Hao Ping was elected President of the General Conference. What is China's comment?

A: The 37th session of the General Conference of UNESCO was convened in its headquarters in Paris on November 5. As the sole candidate, Hao Ping, Vice Chinese Minister of Education, Director of the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO and Member of the Executive Board of UNESCO, was officially elected President of the 37th session of the General Conference of UNESCO. This is the first time that a Chinese representative has been elected President of UNESCO's General Conference since the establishment of the organization 68 years ago.

With the trend of world multi-polarity gaining momentum, developing countries represented by China are playing increasingly important role in UNESCO. China stands ready to deepen cooperation with the organization and make contribution to world peace, poverty reduction, promotion of dialogue between civilizations and sustainable development.

Q: The Japanese Coast Guard reportedly detained a Chinese fishing boat in waters off the Miyako Island, Okinawa Prefecture on November 5 on suspicion of the allegedly illegal entry into the exclusive economic zone of Japan and coral harvesting. The Japanese side arrested the Chinese captain on the account of violating Japan's law on fishing sovereignty. Please confirm it and brief us on the development of the incident and the work that China has done.

A: A Chinese fishing boat with 12 Chinese crew members was detained by the Japanese side on November 5 on suspicion of illegal coral harvesting off the waters of the exclusive economic zone of Japan. The Japanese side has informed the Chinese side of this incident.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry takes this incident seriously and immediately launched the emergency response mechanism. The Chinese Consulate-General in Fukuoka sent officials to the site to visit the detained crew right after learning the case, requiring relevant departments of the Japanese side to earnestly guarantee the security and legitimate rights and interests of the Chinese crew and properly and fairly handle the case in accordance with law as soon as possible. At present, the detained crew are in sound health conditions.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry and the Chinese Consulate-General in Fukuoka will continue to follow the developments of the case and provide necessary assistance for the relevant Chinese crew so as to push for a proper settlement of the case at an early date.

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