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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on January 6, 2014

2014/01/06

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on January 6, 2014.

Q: It is learned that the Chinese naval vessel has arrived in the Cypriot port of Limassol on January 4 to escort the shipping of chemical weapons from Syria. Please give us more details.

A: On January 4, the Chinese frigate Yancheng reached the Cypriot port of Limassol to escort the shipping of chemical weapons from Syria. The Defense Minister and the Naval Commander of Cyprus as well as Chinese nationals there held a welcoming ceremony for the arrival of Yancheng. China highly commends the Cypriot side for its provision of convenience and assistance in docking and replenishing the Chinese naval vessel. It embodies not only the friendly relations between China and Cyprus, but also the support and cooperation rendered by Cyprus to the international security operation.

Since Yancheng set sail on December 31, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has been in close communication with governments of countries along the route via Chinese diplomatic missions to guarantee Yancheng's participation in the joint escort mission. We believe that the shipping and destruction of chemical weapons in Syria will proceed smoothly and safely with the concerted efforts of the international community.

Q: Cambodian police dispersed and arrested illegal strikers and protesters the other day, causing casualties. What is China's comment?

A: We hope that relevant parties in Cambodia could express their appeals through legitimate means and properly solve the problem through friendly consultation so as to maintain social stability and tranquility.

Q: At today's press conference, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that he wanted to meet with Chinese leaders and explain his visit to the Yasukuni Shrine. What is China's comment on his remarks?

A: I have not seen the full text of Prime Minister Abe's remarks. With regard to Abe's intention of explaining face to face his visit to the Yasukuni Shrine to Chinese leaders, the Chinese side has explicitly stated its position. Abe has been playing a double game in China-Japan relations ever since he took office. The erroneous actions he takes jeopardize the overall interests of China-Japan relations and hurt the feeling of the Chinese people. This time he went even further. In disregard of China's firm opposition and solemn representations, he insisted on paying a visit to the Yasukuni Shrine where Class-A war criminals are housed, openly violated the principles and spirit of the four political documents between the two sides and severely damaged the political foundation of China-Japan relations. Judging from his moves, we can easily notice that Abe is hypocritical when he pays lip-service to improving relations with China. In fact it is Abe himself who shuts the door on dialogue with Chinese leaders. The Chinese people do not welcome such a leader. If Abe really wants to improve relations with neighboring countries, he needs to have a correct understanding of the history of aggression and colonialism by the Japanese militarism with earnest and profound remorse, show his sincerity, take real steps and make concrete efforts to improve ties with neighboring countries.

Q: It is forecast that a westerly wind will blow from January 6 to 8 across the waters where China's "Snow Dragon" icebreaker is stuck, creating conditions for it to break through the ice. Please give us more details.

A: I have nothing new to release. We pray for the "Snow Dragon" and hope that the weather there will improve so that the icebreaker will get out of difficulty as soon as possible.

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