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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on September 16, 2014

Q: The President of Mali reportedly said that he came away with cooperation deals, including those on railways after his visit to China last week. Can the Chinese side confirm that?

A: China is ready to enhance economic cooperation and trade with African countries, so as to promote common development. We have already issued the news release about Malian President Ibrahim Keita's visit to China. You may refer to that.

Q: Scotland is going to hold the referendum. What is China's comment on that?

A: The referendum of Scotland belongs to the domestic affair of the UK. We have no comment on that.

Q: Which Chinese official will attend the General Debate of the upcoming Session of the UN General Assembly?

A: Information will be released in due course.

Q: Please give us more details about President Xi Jinping's visit to India. Will the two sides sign any investment cooperation deal? Will the boundary question figure in the talks?

A: China-India relationship is at a new historical starting point. President Xi Jinping will embark on a historic visit to India, which is of great significance.

China and India are two major forces in the multi-polar world, two big markets and two great civilizations. The top priority for both the two countries at the moment is achieving growth and renewal and realizing the Chinese dream and the Indian dream. China is willing to stand firmly with India in this process.

We hope that this visit will forge commonalities between the two countries in terms of development strategies, development concepts and civilizations, so as to realize common prosperity, facilitate exchanges between the two countries in state governance experience, and make new contributions to the advancement of human civilization. We wish the visit a full success which would lead to the progress of China-India relations.

On the boundary question, China's position is consistent and clear. The China-India border has long maintained peace and tranquility. The boundary question does not impede the development of China-India relations. We hope that the two countries can work together to make sure that the favorable situation runs on and create sound atmosphere and conditions for the further development of bilateral relations.

Q: Chinese Ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming wrote an article for the Daily Telegraph, criticizing comments made by the last governor of Hong Kong Chris Patten on the constitutional reform of Hong Kong. Is that China's official point of view?

A: The article written by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming pinpointed the fact that the UK, during its colonial rule, has not made any arrangement for Hong Kong's constitutional development, let alone universal suffrage participated by the Hong Kong public. That is the most basic fact of history.

The decision made by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China on the constitutional reform of Hong Kong is in line with the principle of "One Country, Two Systems", the Basic Law and the development realities of Hong Kong. It is conducive to Hong Kong's prosperity and stability, and thus absolutely right.

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