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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on February 19, 2014

2014/02/19

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on February 19, 2014.

Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcement:

At the invitation of Premier Li Keqiang, Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Kamla Persad-Bissessar will pay an official visit to China from February 24 to 28.

Q: On February 18, fierce clashes between protesters and police erupted as new waves of protests grip Ukraine, leaving many dead and injured. What is China's comment on the lastest developments in Ukraine?

A: China closely follows the developments in Ukraine and feels regret about the casualties in clashes. China hopes that relevant parties in Ukraine could give priority to national interests, iron out differences through consultation and restore social order at an early date. The international community should play a constructive role to that end.

Q: What is the purpose of China's recent naval exercises in the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific? How do you respond to concerns raised by Australia and other countries?

A: The Ministry of Defence has released information on the naval exercises. We have seen comments from Australia and other countries. As far as I know, it is just a routine exercise on the high seas. You may refer to the Defence Ministry for specifics.

Q: Japan-Taiwan Young Parliamentary Association on Economic Exchange, which is made up of lawmakers of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party, reportedly proposed to institute a Japanese version of the Taiwan Relations Act on February 17, a law that would serve as a basis for strengthening relations with Taiwan. What is China's comment?

A: We are deeply concerned about the relevant move. The Taiwan Question concerns China's core interests. Whether Japan-Taiwan relations can be properly handled or not has a bearing on the political foundation of China-Japan relations. We are firmly opposed to some Japanese lawmakers' attempt to strengthen Japan-Taiwan relations through the plan for the so-called Japanese version of the Taiwan Relations Act. We urge Japan to earnestly observe relevant principles enshrined in the four political documents including the China-Japan Joint Statement and handle Taiwan-related issues prudently and appropriately.

Q: We heard that China will send a high-level delegation to Germany and other EU countries in late March. Please give us more details.

A: China and Germany maintain close communication at various levels and in different fields. China places importance on growing relations with the EU and its member states, and would like to keep the momentum of exchanges of visit with the EU. We will release any information in due course.

Q: Seichi Eto, the aide to the Japanese Prime Minister said in a message recently posted on a video-sharing website that "it's us who are disappointed" when referring to the US expression of "disappointment" at Abe's Yasukuni visit despite prior notification. The NHK chief Katsuto Momii once again explained away his previous mistaken remarks on "comfort women" at a recent board members' meeting, insisting that there was nothing wrong about his statement. What is China's comment?

A: I have seen relevant reports. What is happening shows again that some political forces in Japan cling to wrong views of history and express no repentance in the slightest for the huge sufferings inflicted upon victimized people by Japanese militarism. They are still going out of their way to overturn the verdict on Japan's history of aggression and challenge the victorious outcome of WWII and post-war international order. What they are doing is no different from the Japanese leader's erroneous actions of retracing historical steps. I want to reiterate that international and historical justice brooks no challenge. Some people in Japan time and again deliberately distort and negate history and challenge human conscience. What on earth do they want? All peace-loving countries and people should be highly vigilant against and firmly object to their mistaken actions and the harm of such actions.

Q: It is learned that during Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain's visit to China, the two countries will sign several cooperation agreements. Please give us more details.

A: Pakistani President Hussain is paying a state visit to China. This afternoon, President Xi Jinping will hold talks with him after a welcome ceremony. The two sides will discuss how to bolster bilateral practical cooperation in various fields. On the cooperation agreements, I don't have anything specific.

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