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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on January 17, 2014

2014/01/17

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on January 17, 2014.

Q: The National Defence Commission of the DPRK said in a statement on January 16 that improving the relations between the DPRK and the ROK is its basic position. The DPRK called on both parties to stop taking provocative military actions or vilifying each other from January 30, adding that it would take the initiative to implement the proposal. To prevent nuclear disasters on the Korean Peninsula, the DPRK advised that the two sides apply concrete measures to each other. What is China's comment?

A: We have noted relevant reports. The DPRK and the ROK belong to the same ethnic group. The improvement of bilateral relations and the realization of reconciliation and cooperation between the DPRK and the ROK serve the fundamental interests of the two sides and contribute to regional peace and stability. China hopes that the two sides on the Korean Peninsula will show goodwill to each other and adopt concrete measures to improve their relations so as to move the situation in the region towards constant relaxation.

Q: A diplomatic source in the Malian capital said on January 16 that Chinese peacekeepers had arrived in Mali to join a contingent of the UN Integrated Multidimensional Mission for Stabilization of Mali (MINUSMA) in Gao. Please brief us on China's participation and role in the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali.

A: In accordance with the mandate of the resolution of the UN Security Council and at the request of the UN and the country concerned, China has sent to the MINUSMA a keeping force composed of 395 peacekeepers. It is made up of a 170-member guard unit, a 155-member engineer unit and a 70-member medical unit. These peacekeepers have all been deployed to their posts.

As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China always supports the UN in playing an important role in maintaining international peace and security. Peacekeeping operation is an important way for the UN to peacefully and properly resolve regional hotspot issues. China is a staunch supporter of and an active participant in UN peacekeeping operations. China's dispatch of troops to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali represents its support to the UN and contribution to Africa's cause of peace and security.

Q: Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology reportedly revised the standards for the examination and approval of the current textbooks on January 17, requiring that what the textbooks tell about the modern and contemporary history should respect the position of the government. The revision is made because the Liberal Democratic Party held that records of the Nanjing Massacre and comfort women in the current text books were biased. What is China's comment?

A: China expresses grave concerns over the relevant move in Japan. The issue of Japanese textbooks is, in nature, about what kind of view of history Japan will adopt to educate its younger generation and whether Japan respects historical facts and reflects upon crimes of aggression. The Nanjing Massacre and the forced recruitment of "comfort women" are grave crimes against humanity committed by the Japanese militarism during WWII. The evidence is overwhelming and irrefutable. History brooks no reversion and facts no denial. We urge the Japanese side to respect the feelings of people of the victimized countries including China, deeply reflect upon the history of aggression and do not go further down the path of errors.

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