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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on September 12,2014
2014/09/12

The 11th China-ASEAN Expo and China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit will be held in Nanning, Guangxi Province from September 16 to 19. Vice Premier of the State Council Zhang Gaoli will attend the opening ceremony.

Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Cambodia Hun Sen, Vice President of Laos Bounnhang Vorachith, Vice President of Myanmar U Nyan Htun, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Thailand Thanasak Patimaprakorn, and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Vietnam Pham Binh Minh will also attend aforementioned activities.

At the invitation of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Vice Premier of the State Council Zhang Gaoli, as the special envoy of President Xi Jinping, will attend the United Nations Climate Summit to be held in the headquarters of the UN in New York on September 23.

At the invitation of the First Deputy Prime Minister of Romania Liviu Dragnea and the First Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vladimir Semashko, Vice Premier of the State Council Zhang Gaoli will pay official visits to the aforementioned two countries from September 24 to 29.

Q: What are China's considerations of sending Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, as the special envoy of President Xi Jinping, to attend the UN Climate Summit?

A: Currently China is advancing the ecological development and striving to explore a win-win and sustainable path in achieving economic development and combating climate change that fits China's realities. The attendance of Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli as the special envoy of President Xi Jinping fully demonstrates that China attaches great importance to coping with climate change and to this summit. China will play a constructive role in this summit in which Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli will give a keynote speech and comprehensively expound China's position and measures to tackle climate change proactively. During the summit, Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli will also meet with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and leaders of certain countries. China looks forward to joining hands with the international community for positive outcomes of the summit and making contribution to international cooperation on climate change.

Q: There are reports that a Chinese was kidnapped in the south of Philippines. Do you have more information on that case?

A: We have seen relevant report. Upon learning the incident, China's Embassy in the Philippines and Consulate General in Cebu have immediately contacted Philippine departments in charge and the police authority in Zamboanga for further information. Currently the nationality and other details about the kidnapped are yet to be confirmed.

Is China considering a travel ban on the Philippines?

A: Upon verification from the Philippines authorities, criminal gangs in the Philippines plot to launch bombing attacks against Chinese embassy, companies and shopping malls, etc. The Chinese government consistently attaches great importance to protecting the safety of Chinese citizens overseas. In view of the current security situation in the Philippines, the Department of Consular Affairs of China's Foreign Ministry issued a travel warning that Chinese citizens should not go to the Philippines temporarily and Chinese citizens and institutions in the Philippines should be on higher alert and step up precautions. In case of emergencies, they can call the police and contact China's diplomatic missions in the Philippines for help. The Chinese side has always been urging the Philippines to take concrete steps to ensure safety of Chinese institutions and personnel in the Philippines.

Q: In his televised speech yesterday, President Obama called for a broad coalition against terrorism. He didn't rule out the possibility of launching targeted air strikes against ISIL militants in Syria. What's China's stand on this?

A: Yesterday I have expressed China's position on the current anti-terrorism situation.

China firmly opposes any form of terrorism. The international community should carry out close collaboration and form synergy in combating terrorism, including supporting certain countries' efforts to safeguard domestic security and stability. We stand for respecting the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and basic norms governing international relations, as well as sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of countries concerned in the global fight against terrorism.

It will help to fundamentally root out the breeding ground of terrorism that the Syria issue and other regional hot spots be properly settled, stability and order of these countries be restored and economic reconstruction be accelerated. China expects the whole world to work strenuously for this end.

Q: President Xi Jinping will start his visit to South Asia. Can you brief us on the itinerary and agenda of his visit?

A: The Foreign Ministry held a press briefing on September 9, in which Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping and Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Jianchao presented you on President Xi Jinping's state visits to Maldives, Sri Lanka and India.

During his visit to Maldives, President Xi Jinping will hold talks with the President of Maldives and meet with the Speaker of the House. The two sides will publish a joint communiqué and sign a series of cooperation agreements.

During his visit to Sri Lanka, President Xi will hold talks with the President of Sri Lanka and meet with the Prime Minister and Speaker of the House to plan for future development of bilateral ties. The two sides will publish political documents and seal agreements of cooperation.

During his visit to India, President Xi will meet with Indian President, hold talks with Indian Prime Minister and meet with other Indian leaders for in-depth exchange of views on bilateral ties and international and regional issues of common interest. President Xi will also deliver a speech in New Delhi on Sino-Indian relations and China's policy in South Asia and have broad contact with Indian people from all walks of life.

As for his itinerary, I have no more to offer at the moment.

Q: Recently Mozambique's government and the opposition party National Resistance, or known as Renamo, have approved an agreement on ceasefire and cessation of hostilities. What is China's comment on this?

A: China welcomes and congratulates on the agreement sealed between the government and Renamo of Mozambique on ceasefire and cessation of hostilities. We commend the efforts made by both parties to realize national stability and reconciliation. As a sincere friend of Mozambique, China hopes that parties concerned in Mozambique can take this opportunity and make more contribution to the long-term stability, prosperity and development of Mozambique.

Q: First, yesterday senior diplomatic officials from China, Japan and the ROK met and held consultations in the ROK. Can you offer more details? Second, there is an analysis saying that judging from what President Xi Jinping said during his meeting with Russian President Putin yesterday, China would show more sympathy to Russia, especially that China and Russia should offer each other a helping hand in terms of external challenges they face. Does China agree with this?

A: On your first question, the 9th China-Japan-ROK senior-level diplomatic talks were held in Seoul yesterday. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin, ROK Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Lee Kyung-soo and Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama attended the meeting. The three parties reviewed the progress trilateral cooperation has made, discussed the priorities and proposals of trilateral cooperation in the next stage and exchanged views on the direction of trilateral cooperation and the performance of China-Japan-ROK Secretariat. They stressed the importance to maintain the momentum of cooperation, agreed to continue with trilateral exchanges and cooperation covering all areas and resolve difficulties and challenges in terms of trilateral cooperation at an early date. The three parties also talked about the possibility of holding a China-Japan-ROK foreign ministers meeting.

On your second question, President Xi Jinping met with Russian President Putin in Dushanbe on September 11. President Xi pointed out that China is willing to maintain close communication with the Russian side to push for more mutual support and opening-up to each other, deliver a helping hand against external risks and challenges and realize development and rejuvenation respectively. As you may see, recently under the motivation and strategic guidance of the two leaders, China and Russia keep intimate high-level exchanges and contact, continue pushing for and deepening practical cooperation in various areas and maintain close communication and collaboration on major international and regional issues. Both China and Russia are permanent members of the UN Security Council. A good relation between China and Russia and maintenance of close strategic consultation and cooperation are not only conducive to respective development of the two countries, but also significant to peace, stability and development of the world.

Q: Did yesterday's senior-level diplomatic talks among China, Japan and ROK cover the possibility of meeting between Chinese and Japanese leaders?

A: China is clear and consistent in terms of improving and developing Sino-Japanese relations. We hope that Japan can show sincerity and make down-to-earth efforts to remove the political stumbling blocks in the way of the normal development of bilateral ties.

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