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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on September 15, 2014


Q: It is reported that Li Xianglan (Yoshiko Yamaguchi), the Japanese celebrity who was committed to developing friendship with China, passed away days ago. What is China's comment on that?

A: Madame Li Xianglan (Yoshiko Yamaguchi) has been supporting and working for the amity between China and Japan after the war, making positive contributions to that end. We mourn the loss of her.

Q: Crimea reportedly took part in the local and regional elections of Russia on September 14. What is China's comment?

A: There are complicated factors behind the issue of Crimea. This should be properly handled and resolved through political dialogue within the framework of law and order on the basis of respecting all parties' legitimate concerns and lawful rights and interests.

Q: The Spanish Prime Minister is going to visit China this month. Can you give us more details about his itinerary?

A: I have no information to offer at the moment.

Q: Several Chinese citizens were recently caught in danger in the Philippines. What requests has the Chinese side made to the Philippine side?

A: There have been several cases in the Philippines over the past days where the security of Chinese citizens was endangered. The Chinese side is severely concerned about that. The Chinese Embassy in the Philippines has repeatedly lodged representations with the Philippine police, requesting them to solve these cases as soon as possible and bring perpetrators to justice. We have also asked the Philippine side to take concrete measures to safeguard the security as well as lawful rights and interests of Chinese citizens and institutions in the Philippines.

Given the security situation in the Philippines, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has issued a travel alert the other day, advising Chinese citizens there to step up precautions and Chinese citizens who plan to visit the Philippines to put their trips on hold for the time being.

Q: The China-ASEAN Expo will be held in Nanning. Please brief us on that.

A: The 11th China-ASEAN Expo and China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit will be held in Nanning, Guangxi Province from September 16 to 19. This is an annual grand gathering between China and ASEAN. 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 the Laos Bounnhang Vorachith, Vice President of Myanmar U Nyan Tun, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Thailand Thanasak Patimaprakorn, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Vietnam Pham Binh Minh and other leaders of ASEAN countries have also been invited to attend the aforementioned activities.

ASEAN is the priority of China's neighborhood diplomacy. We celebrated the 10th anniversary of the establishment of China-ASEAN strategic partnership last year. The past decade is a golden decade for China-ASEAN economic cooperation and trade, during which we put in place the largest free trade area of developing countries. We are geared up for a brand-new diamond decade. We will continue to support the growth of ASEAN, push vigorously ahead with strategic cooperation between China and ASEAN and forge a more closely-knit community of common destiny and shared interests. We are committed to signing the treaty of good-neighborliness, friendship and cooperation with ASEAN countries based on consultation, building the 21st century maritime silk road, promoting people-to-people and cultural exchanges between China and ASEAN and fostering friendship between people of the two sides so as to cement the social foundation of mutually beneficial cooperation.

We hope that the China-ASEAN Expo and China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit will further enable China and ASEAN to jointly work on common prosperity and common development.

Q: First, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that more and more countries have joined the international coalition to fight against ISIL. Some Arab states have also expressed the willingness of providing assistance. Relevant countries will launch air strikes against targets in Syria and Iraq. What is China's stance? Second, The Foreign Correspondents' Club of China (FCCC) issued a report the other day, saying that foreign journalists always meet with hurdles when reporting in China and that the open interview environment ushered in by the Beijing Olympic Games is getting tougher. What is China's comment?

A: On your first question, terrorism is the common enemy of all mankind. The Chinese side is firmly opposed to all forms of terrorism. The international community should work closely to deliver a blow to it. The Chinese side supports efforts made by Iraq to restore national stability and fight against terrorism. We also maintain that the purpose and principle of the UN Charter, the basic norms governing international relations, as well as the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of relevant countries should be earnestly respected in the international campaign against terrorism.

We also believe that to resolve regional hot spot issues, such as the Syrian issue through political means, bring stability and order back to relevant countries and speed up economic reconstruction will help eradicate the breeding ground of terrorism.

On your second question, people who have no prejudice and uphold justice will not agree with the so-called report that you have just mentioned. China has been pursuing unceasingly reform and opening up in the past thirty years. China proudly opened up to the world three decades ago, and it will stay open as it is. It is the same when it comes to managing and providing services for foreign journalists. Working and living conditions for foreign journalists in China have become more and more convenient since the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The Chinese government and society are offering more and more support and wider range of information to foreign journalists during their report and interview in China. Foreign journalists enjoy a high degree of freedom of report in China.

We also need to point out that foreign journalists must abide by relevant Chinese laws and regulations and respect the management of competent Chinese authorities when reporting in China. No journalist is entitled to a double-standard in this regard.

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