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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on June 22, 2016

2016/06/22

Q: The DPRK launched two intermediate-range missiles today which all ended up with failure. The Japanese and the ROK governments have expressed concerns over this. The Chinese government always calls on relevant parties to keep clam and exercise restraint, and will China express concerns to the DPRK this time?

A: We have noted relevant reports. The Korean Peninsula is currently in a complex and sensitive situation. Relevant parties should avoid taking actions that may escalate the tension and jointly safeguard regional peace and stability.

Q: Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte reportedly said on June 21 that the Philippines will not get into a confrontation with China and that nurturing friendly relations with Beijing will do good to the Philippines. What's your comment?

A: When nurturing relations with neighboring countries including the Philippines, China adheres to a good-neighborly policy of treating them as friends and partners. By properly handling relevant issues, China and the Philippines can bring bilateral relations back to the track of sound development. This is in the fundamental interests of the two countries and the people and in line with their expectations. This will also bring good opportunities to the common development of the two countries and improvement of people's well-being. China is willing to make joint efforts with the new Philippine government towards this end.

Q: It is reported that a regular cruise to the Nansha Islands will be launched soon. Will this fuel the tension and undermine peace and stability in the South China Sea? Will the neighboring countries see this move as a provocation?

A: I am not aware of the specifics. Tourism is highly developed in Hainan Province. And there is no need to read too much into the normal civilian activity of tourism.

Q: The Indian Prime Minister will attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit tonight and is likely to meet with President Xi Jinping. Will they talk about India's entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG)? Will China support India's application? In exchange for China's promise of not blocking India's entry, does India have to pledge that it will not block Pakistan's entry in the future?

A: The meeting between President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the 16th Meeting of Heads of State Council of the SCO will be released in due course.

Yesterday I have taken a question from an Indian journalist on India's entry into the NSG. I would like to point out that the word "block" in your question is inappropriate. As the entry of non-NPT countries has never been on top of the NSG agenda, the idea of "blocking" is out of question. It is true that all parties attach great importance to the entry of non-NPT countries, and the group has had three unofficial discussions on various issues related to the entry of non-NPT countries through Friends of Chair presided over by the Argentine Ambassador. Although parties are yet to see eye to eye on this issue, such discussions help them better understand each other. China hopes to further discuss this issue and will play a constructive role in the discussions.

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