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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on November 8, 2013

2013/11/08

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on November 8, 2013.

Q: The preliminary result of Tajikistan's presidential election has been released. What is China's comment?

A: China is pleased to see that Tajikistan has successfully held the presidential election. According to the preliminary ballot counting result released by its Central Election Committee, incumbent President Emomali Rakhmon has received 83.6% of the vote. China believes that under the leadership of President Rakhmon, people of Tajikistan will score even greater achievements in their cause of national development and revitalization and that the China-Tajikistan Strategic Partnership will be further strengthened and promoted.

Q: What is China's comment on the ongoing dialogue between P5+1 countries and Iran? Some from the US say that unless Iran completely abandons its nuclear program, there should be no deal. Iran may find it difficult to accept. What is China's comment?

A: The new round of dialogue on the Iranian nuclear issue between P5+1 and Iran is being held in Geneva. China believes that the dialogue has entered into a new phase of substantive negotiations. China hopes that all parties could adhere to the principle of step-by-step progress and reciprocity, conduct negotiations in a practical and flexible manner, take constructive measures, seek mutual benefits and win-win results, advance the dialogue and create conditions for the comprehensive, long-term and proper settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue. We stand ready to make joint efforts with all parties to ensure the success of the dialogue.

Q: It is reported that a fishing boat from Taiwan, China, carrying four crew members from China's mainland and two from Taiwan, was detained by the Japanese side on suspicion of fishing against regulations in waters off the Kagoshima Prefecture of Japan. Please confirm it and brief us on the work done by the Chinese side.

A: A fishing boat from Taiwan, China was detained by the Japanese side on suspicion of fishing against regulations in waters off the Kagoshima Prefecture of Japan on November 6. Onboard are four crew members from China's mainland, two from Taiwan and three from foreign countries.

The Chinese Consulate General in Fukuoka got in touch with the Japanese side right after learning the incident, requiring relevant Japanese departments to 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 from China's mainland and Taiwan are in sound health conditions.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry and the Chinese Consulate General in Fukuoka will continue to follow the development of the case and provide necessary assistance for the crew from China's mainland and Taiwan.

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