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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Regular Press Conference on January 27, 2014


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang held a press conference on January 27, 2014.

Q: In his recent remarks on the issue of "comfort women", the new head of Japan's NHK Katsuto Momii said that such issue as "comfort women" was common in all countries during WWII and that Japan should not be singled out for criticism. Today he apologized for these remarks. Does China accept his apology or think he should resign?

A: We have noticed the remarks made by the head of NHK. As is known to all, the forced recruitment of "comfort women" is a grave crime against humanity committed by the Japanese militarism on people from victimized countries during WWII, inflicting severe physical and mental damage on the victims even till this date. The remarks by the relevant person in Japan reflect that there has always been a force in Japan that attempts to downplay and deny the crimes of the militaristic Japan, which echoes the Japanese leaders' erroneous action of setting backing the wheel of history. We solemnly urge the Japanese side to adopt the attitude of being responsible for history and the conscience of the mankind and respecting human rights, face up to and reflect upon the severe crimes the Japanese militarism committed in its history of aggression and properly handle relevant issues left over from history so as to win the trust of its Asian neighbors and the international community with concrete actions.

Q: Progress has been made under the political roadmap of Egypt, where a referendum has been held and preparations for the presidential election are being made. However, bombing attacks also took place there. What is China's comment on the current Egyptian situation?

A: We have noted the Egyptian constitutional referendum. We have also noted the recent violent conflicts targeting civilians and governmental agencies. As a friend of Egypt, China pays high attention to the situation there. We oppose all terrorist violent activities targeting civilians and governmental agencies and condemn these bombing attacks. We call on all relevant parties in Egypt to resolve problems and differences through dialogue and consultation to avoid bloodshed or conflicts. We hope Egypt restore normal social order as soon as possible, steadily promote the inclusive political transition process and realize stability and development of the country at an early date.

Q: Yemen's National Dialogue Conference was concluded on January 25. What is China's comment?

A: China welcomes the successful convening and conclusion of Yemen's National Dialogue Conference which marks an important progress in a phase of Yemen's political transition. China hopes that all relevant parties in Yemen follow through on the GCC initiative and its implementation mechanism, resolve differences through consultation and realize national stability and development at an early date. China will continue to work with the international community for political reconciliation and economic reconstruction of Yemen.

Q: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has just concluded his visit to India. The two countries expressed their commitment to strengthening defense cooperation. What is China's comment?

A: The visit you mentioned is the bilateral interaction between India and Japan. We hope that India and Japan develop normal relations and that defense cooperation between India and Japan should contribute to regional peace, stability and security. Peace, stability and security of this region demand the maintenance by relevant countries with joint efforts.

Q: US Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies will visit China. Please confirm it and give us more details.

A: US Special Representative for North Korea Policy Davies is scheduled to visit China from January 27 to 28. Executive Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui and Special Representative of the Chinese Government on Korean Peninsular Affairs Wu Dawei will respectively meet and hold talks with him. The two sides will have an in-depth exchange of views on promoting denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and resuming the Six-Party Talks.

We believe that, in promoting the resumption of the Six-Party Talks, concerns of all parties should be taken into account in a balanced manner, mutual trust should be enhanced and relevant issues should be properly resolved. All relevant parties should bear in mind denuclearization, peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and create favorable conditions for the early resumption of the Six-Party Talks through dialogue and consultation.

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