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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang' s Regular Press Conference on February 2, 2016

2016/02/02

Q: Ted Cruz won Iowa's Republican Caucus today, while the Democrats have no clear winner yet. Is the Chinese government paying attention to the selection? Does the Chinese government have any comment on the outcome today?

A: That belongs to the domestic affairs of the US. We will not make comments on other country's election as it is the consistent position of the Chinese government. Whatever the final result of the 2016 US presidential election is, we hope that the president-elect will carry forward the policy of developing relations with China in a constructive way and make concerted efforts with the Chinese side to forge ahead with the new type of major-country relationship between China and the US for new progress in different areas.

Q: It is reported that, the suicide bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan has caused multiple casualties. The Afghan Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. What is China's comment? Is China concerned that the attack will affect the meeting process of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group of Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the US?

A: We are shocked at and condemn the attack. As a friendly neighboring country of Afghanistan, China sincerely hopes that Afghan will realize peace, stability and development at an early date and that the Afghan reconciliation process will keep moving forward steadily.

Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the US have decided through consultation that the third meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group will be held on February 6 in Islamabad. The Special Envoy on the Afghan affairs of China's Foreign Ministry will attend the meeting. The Quadrilateral Coordination Group is set up with the aim of creating good external conditions for the restart of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Afghan Taliban and assisting the Afghan government in formulating a practical and feasible roadmap for reconciliation. China hopes that the Quadrilateral Coordination Group will continue its efforts based on previous discussions in order to reach a roadmap acceptable to all parties concerned at an early date and drive forward the reconciliation process. China is willing to play its role for that end.

Q: Quoting the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV), the Vietnamese media claimed that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), as per Vietnam's request, has revised the map of Sanya's Flight Information Area on its official website. The ICAO has also sent a letter to the CAAV on this matter. What is China's comment?

A: We have noted the relevant report. According to what we have learnt, the report is untrue. What I want to point out is that, markers on the relevant aeronautical chart are to facilitate effective air control and flight guidance and maintain security and order of international civil air transport. It is hoped that relevant party would not politicize the matter.

Q: Satellite images recently released by the Chinese media showed that Vietnam attempted to construct two artificial islands in part of the South China Sea that is claimed by China. Does China have any response to that?

A: We have reiterated on many occasions our position on the issue of the South China Sea. We have indisputable sovereignty over islands in the South China Sea and their adjacent waters. This position remains unchanged. We maintain that disputes with neighboring countries over the Nansha Islands should be resolved through bilateral and friendly consultations.

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