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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on February 11, 2014

2014/02/11

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on February 11, 2014.

Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcements:

At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, President Mamnoon Hussain of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan will pay a state visit to China from February 18 to 21.

At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, President Macky Sall of the Republic of Senegal will pay a state visit to China from February 19 to 22.

Q: The President of Nepali Congress party, Sushil Koirala was elected Prime Minister of Nepal on Monday. What is China's comment? What is China's expectation for the growth of China-Nepal relations?

A: The Chinese side congratulates Mr. Sushil Koirala on being elected Prime Minister of Nepal. Premier Li Keqiang has sent congratulatory message to Prime Minister Koirala. China and Nepal are friendly neighbors with adjoining mountains and rivers. China attaches great importance to developing comprehensive cooperative partnership with Nepal. China is ready to work together with Nepal to cement traditional friendship, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation and take bilateral relations to a new height.

Q: The ROK-US Combined Forces Command reportedly said on February 10 that the two joint military exercises Key Resolve and Foal Eagle would be held from February to April, and that the DPRK has been informed of that. What is China's comment?

A: I have noted relevant reports and the recent response by relevant country. We follow the developments. To safeguard peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia, which serves the common interests of all relevant parties, is their shared responsibility. Under the current situation, we hope that all parties will do more to relax tension on the Peninsula, refrain from any action that may heighten tension and jointly maintain regional peace and stability.

Q: The first session of the 17th special representatives' meeting for the China-India boundary question and the meeting of the working mechanism for consultation and coordination on border affairs were held yesterday in New Dehli, India. Please give us more details. What is China’s expectation for the development of China-India relations?

A: The Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Indian National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon are co-hosting the 17th special representatives' meeting for the China-India boundary question. Information about the meeting will soon be released.

The mechanism of special representatives' meeting for the China-India boundary question represents an important effort made by the two sides for an early settlement of the boundary question. With the past 16 rounds making positive progress, we have every confidence to believe and expect that this round of meeting will achieve positive results as well, make new contributions to the sound and steady growth of China-India relations and push for the realization of an equitable, reasonable and mutually acceptable resolution at an early date.

The past year is a year of harvest for China-India relations. The two countries have maintained close high-level exchanges. President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met twice. Prime Ministers of the two countries have realized mutual visits within one year for the first time since 1954. The two sides have also reached consensus on cooperation in the construction of Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor, railways and industrial parks, putting China-India relations on a fast track of development. There will also be exciting items on this year’s agenda of China-India relations. Leaders of the two countries have designated this year as “the year of friendly exchanges”. A series of activities will be held. China-India relations are embracing new and important opportunities of development. In this connection, we sincerely hope that friends from India will join hands with the Chinese side to maintain the sound momentum of growth of China-India relations.

Q: Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the China House in the Olympic Village in Sochi. Liu Peng, Director of the State Sport Administration of China briefed him on China’s bidding for the 2022 Winter Olympics. What is China’s comment?

A: I have seen relevant reports. President Putin’s interaction with the Chinese Olympic delegation was heartwarming. President Xi Jinping just attended the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi at the invitation of President Putin. They had a meeting as cordial and amicable as a family visit. It shows the close friendship between the two presidents, underscores the height and specialty of the comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination between China and Russia and demonstrates China’s support to Russia’s host of the Winter Olympic Games.

China always attaches importance to, supports and actively participates in the Olympic Games. China has successfully held the Beijing Olympics, Paralympics and other international sports events over recent years, expanding and deepening China’s participation in International Olympic Games. Last November, China nominated Beijing and Zhangjiakou as the candidate cities for the 2022 Winter Olympics. President Xi Jinping promoted China’s bidding during his stay in Sochi and has won positive support from Russia and other countries. China thanks Russia for its support, wishes the Sochi Winter Olympics a full success and looks forward to drawing upon Russia’s successful experience in holding the Winter Olympics.

Q: The joint mission of the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said on Monday that the third consignment of chemical weapons had been removed from Syria. Please give us more details.

A: The vessel loaded with the third batch of chemical weapons shipped out of Syria on February 10. In accordance with the plan agreed upon by all relevant countries, the shipping was escorted by Chinese vessel Yancheng as well as vessels from Russia and other countries. Yancheng is now on standby, preparing for the next mission.

China hopes that all relevant parties will keep working to press ahead with the destruction of chemical weapons. We are ready to enhance communication and coordination with all parties to jointly ensure the security and success of the shipping.

Q: Please give us more details about Pakistani President's visit to China.

A: At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, Pakistani President Hussain will pay a state visit to China from February 18 to 21. It marks President Hussain's first overseas official visit since assuming office. He will also be the first foreign head of state received by the Chinese side after the Spring Festival. The Chinese side attaches great importance to the visit. President Xi Jinping will hold talks with him after a welcome ceremony. Premier Li Keqiang and Chairman Zhang Dejiang of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress will meet with him respectively. The two sides will issue a joint statement to showcase the resolve of deepening China-Pakistan all-weather friendship and practical cooperation in various fields.

Pakistan is China's all-weather strategic cooperative partner. You may have noticed that Chinese netizens refer to Pakistan as "Iron Pak," a term testifying to the strength of China-Pakistan friendship. China-Pakistan relations have maintained a sound momentum of growth over recent years. The two heads of state talked with each other on the phone and prime ministers of the two countries realized mutual visits last year. We forge ahead with the construction of the Economic Corridor in a steady manner. Remarkable progress has been made in cooperation in business and other fields. The two countries also closely coordinate and cooperate with each other on regional and international issues. We are satisfied with the current state of China-Pakistan relations, and we are full of confidence in the prospect of friendly cooperation between the two countries. The development of China-Pakistan relations is on top of China's diplomatic agenda. We stand ready to ensure the success of President Hussain's visit to China together with the Pakistani side, so as to deepen bilateral exchanges and cooperation in various fields and further advance China-Pakistan ties.

Q: The P5+1 and Iran will start negotiating a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue in Vienna on February 18. What is China’s expectation for the negotiation?

A: The P5+1 and Iran will start negotiating a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue in Vienna on February 18. We hope that all parties will focus on the overall interests, hold consultations on an equal footing, accommodate each other’s concerns, properly deal with differences, explore a comprehensive resolution that is conducive to the international non-proliferation regime as well as peace and stability in the Middle East and work for an early progress. China is ready to stay in close communication and coordination with all parties and take a constructive part in the negotiation between the P5+1 and Iran.

Q: Australia, Luxembourg and Jordan presented the other day a draft resolution to the UN Security Council to boost humanitarian aid to Syria. What is China’s comment?

A: As I said yesterday, the two parties of Syria have reached and are implementing agreements on a temporary ceasefire, evacuation of civilians and humanitarian aid in Homs. China welcomes and supports that. China follows closely the humanitarian situation in Syria and supports the international community in easing the humanitarian situation in Syria in accordance with the principle of humanity, neutrality and equity as well as the UN guiding principle on humanitarian relief. The Security Council has adopted a president statement on the humanitarian issue, which should be fully implemented by the international community as a whole.

China believes that we should press ahead with the political settlement of the Syrian issue and restore peace and stability in Syria as soon as possible so as to root out the humanitarian crisis there. The conflicting parties of Syria are holding talks in Geneva. The international community should create a favorable external environment for their talks and speak with one voice to avoid disturbing the process of political settlement.

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