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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Regular Press Conference on January 2, 2014

2014/01/02

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang held a press conference on January 2, 2014.

Qin Gang: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the first regular press conference of the Foreign Ministry for the year 2014. In the new year, we will continue to make full use of the platform to give you a better understanding of China's diplomacy. We also expect friends from the press to faithfully report on and introduce China to the world. May your work achieve smooth progress in the new year and wish you all the best.

Qin Gang then made an announcement: At the invitation of Foreign Minister Tewodros Adhanom of Ethiopia, Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf of Djibouti, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Hannah Tetteh of Ghana and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Senegalese Abroad Mankeur Ndiaye of Senegal, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit the above four countries from January 6 to 11.

China's diplomacy has kept up a fine tradition since 1991, that is, Chinese foreign ministers would choose African countries as the destinations of their first overseas visits at the beginning of every new year. It embodies the importance attached by China to Africa and China-Africa traditional friendship. This time is no exception. Foreign Minister Wang Yi carries forward the tradition of China's diplomacy. This will also be the first time for the Chinese Foreign Minister to visit the Sub-Saharan Africa under the new leadership. Both sides are looking forward to the visit.

During his visit, Foreign Minister Wang Yi will have an in-depth exchange of views with leaders and foreign ministers of the host countries on bilateral relations as well as international and regional issues of common interest. We believe that with the concerted efforts of the two sides, this visit will build up friendship, mutual trust and cooperation, press ahead with China's bilateral relations with the above four countries as well the relationship of friendly cooperation between China and Africa.

Q: The US Department of Defense and the US State Department announced the other day that they would send the last three Uighur suspects held at the Guantanamo Bay to Slovakia. What is China's comment? Will China demand them be handed over to China?

A: China always requires the US to transfer Chinese suspects held at the Guantanamo Bay to China. We are firmly opposed to the US transfer of the aforementioned suspects to any third country or any other country's acceptance of them in any name. These suspects are members of the "East Turkistan Islamic Movement", a terrorist