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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on January 13, 2014

2014/01/13

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on January 13, 2014.

Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcement:

At the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Foreign Minister Luvsanvandan Bold of Mongolia will pay an official visit to China from January 16 to 21.

Q: The P5+1 and Iran have reportedly approved the outcomes of the recently held consultations and the Geneva deal on the Iranian nuclear issue will come into operation on January 20. What is China's comment and what is China's role in promoting the agreement between the two sides?

A: China welcomes the consensus reached by the P5+1 and Iran on the concrete measures for the implementation of the first-step agreement and appreciates the diplomatic efforts made by all parties. In the next phase, we hope all parties could work together to ensure the full and effective implementation of the agreement, continue to stick to consultations on an equal footing, stay committed to follow-up negotiations and strive for the conclusion of a comprehensive agreement at an early date.

China always follows a path of dialogue and negotiation on the Iranian nuclear issue and advocates a solution that is conducive to maintaining the international nuclear nonproliferation regime and peace and stability of the Middle East. We have made constructive efforts for the progress of the dialogues by actively participating in relevant consultations and negotiations and encouraging all parties to accommodate each other's concerns and properly handle differences. We stand ready to keep in close communication and coordination with all parties to promote peace talks. 

Q: The interim Head of State and Prime Minister of the Central African Republic (CAR) have reportedly resigned. Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office for the CAR Babacar Gaye called on people there to keep calm and support the international community in safeguarding stability. What is China's comment on the situation in the CAR?

A: China follows closely the development of the situation in the CAR and expects the early and smooth establishment of the new transitional authorities. Currently, we hope all political factions in the CAR could bear in mind the fundamental interests of their country and people, stay committed to improving the domestic security environment and maintain social stability and ethnic solidarity. China is ready to continue to work with the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the international community to provide assistance and help within our capacity for the early realization of peace, security and development of the CAR.

Q: It is reported that the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology is trying to define the Diaoyu Islands as Japan's "inherent territory" in the guidelines for the compilation of textbooks for junior and senior high schools. Besides, in response to the Chinese Coast Guard vessels' entry into the waters off the Diaoyu Islands, the Japanese Defense Minister said that they want to firmly defend their "country's territorial sea and land with the Self-Defense Forces cooperating with the Coast Guard." What is China's comment?

A: The Diaoyu Islands belong to China. The historical facts about Japan's theft of the Diaoyu Islands are crystal clear. The erroneous position and acts of Japan on the Diaoyu Islands issue are, in nature, attempts to deny the victory of the world anti-Fascist war and negate and challenge the post-war international order and the purposes and principles of the UN Charter. No matter how Japan racks its brains to hype up its erroneous position, it cannot change the basic fact that the Diaoyu Islands are China's inherent territory. We want to tell Japan not to underestimate China's firm resolve and willpower in defending the national territorial sovereignty. If it escalates provocative actions on this issue, Japan will face resolute response from the Chinese side and it must bear all the consequences arising therefrom.

History can never be forgotten. The more some in Japan want to deny and evade the history, the more impossible it is for them to escape the trial of history and the heavier the historical burdens are for them to bear. We urge Japan once again to face squarely the history and correct its errors with concrete actions.

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