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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Regular Press Conference on March 4, 2014

2014/03/04

 Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang held a press conference on March 4, 2014.

Qin Gang started the press conference with the following announcements:

At the invitation of the government of the Republic of Chile, Yang Chuantang, Special Envoy of President Xi Jinping and Minister of Transport, will be in Chile on March 10 and 11 to attend the presidential power transfer ceremony.

Ambassador Wu Sike, China's Special Envoy on the Middle East Issue, will go to Italy to attend the International Ministerial Conference on Support to Libya and visit Palestine and Israel from March 5 to 12, during which he will exchange views with relevant parties of the international community on economic and social reconstruction of Libya, latest progress in Palestine-Israel peace talks and the current regional situation.

Q: China says that not to interfere in others' internal affairs is its long-standing position and it also takes into account the historical facts and the realistic complexity of the Ukrainian issue. What do you mean by historical facts? Does China view Russia's operation in Crimea as interference in Ukraine's internal affairs?

A:China has made clear of its position on the Ukrainian issue. As for the historical facts of this issue, please review or refer to the history of Ukraine and this region. I believe that you will understand what we mean after learning about relevant history.

On your second question, please have a complete and comprehensive understanding of China's position. We uphold the principle of non-interference in others' internal affairs and respect international law and widely recognized norms governing international relations. Meanwhile we take into account the historical facts and realistic complexity of the Ukrainian issue. You may also analyze why the situation in Ukraine is what it is today based on activities and behaviors of relevant parties in the past months.

Q: It is reported that Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said at a press conference yesterday that all nuclear materials in Japan serve peaceful purposes and are under IAEA safeguards. There is no sign that nuclear materials in Japan have the risk of being diverted for military applications, and thus no reason for concern. Does China share the view? Does China believe that the above statement will help dispel international concerns and doubts?

A: We have noted relevant report and statement. Frankly speaking, this statement does not dispel but only intensifies the doubts and concerns of the international community. Is it true that there is an oversupply of sensitive nuclear materials in Japan? Is it necessary to keep an excessive amount of sensitive nuclear materials for peaceful use of nuclear energy? Is the excessive storage of weapons-grade nuclear materials necessary? In particular, does Japan have highly enriched and weapons-grade uranium? If so, how much does it have? What is the uranium used for? Is there supply-demand imbalance? These are the real concerns and doubts of the international community.

Evasion does not help solve the problem. China urges the Japanese side to face up to these questions, make an early explanation and adopt measures to dismiss international doubts and concerns. We also hope that the IAEA will clarify issues concerning Japan's excessive storage of sensitive nuclear materials with an impartial and objective attitude and take concrete steps to urge relevant country to solve the issue.

Q: Please brief us on US first lady Michelle Obama's visit to China.

A: China welcomes the first lady Michelle Obama's visit to China. China will release relevant information in due course.

Q: Chinese and Russian Foreign Ministers had a telephone conversation yesterday. The Russian side says that China backs Russia's position on the Ukrainian issue. What is China's comment? Please give us more details and China's position on the Ukrainian issue.

A: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation yesterday. Foreign Minister Lavrov talked about Russia's position and viewpoint on the current situation in Ukraine and the two sides had an in-depth exchange of views on that. Both believe that a proper settlement of the Ukrainian crisis is of vital importance to regional peace and stability.

We have already issued China's principle and position on the Ukrainian issue.

Q: On March 3, a courthouse in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan, was attacked by terrorists who shot and threw bombs. 11 people were killed and 25 others injured. What is China's comment?

A: We strongly condemn this terrorist attack and extend profound condolence to the victims and express deep sympathy with the injured and the bereaved families. China will continue to firmly support the unremitting efforts by the Pakistani government and people in maintaining national stability.

Q: The US State Department Spokesperson discribed the "March 1 Incident" in Kunming as an act of terrorism. What is China's comment?

A: I want to highlight that terrorism is the common enemy of all mankind. With respect to such a serious and violent terrorist attack as the one in Kunming, no matter where it takes place and who it is targeted, the international community should unequivocally and straightforwardly condemn it and work together to crack it down.

Q: Has the day been set for Foreign Minister Wang Yi's press conference during the two sessions?

A: As you know, the Chinese Foreign Minister holds a press conference every year during the two sessions. Relevant information will be released by the Press Center for the two sessions.

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