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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on September 19, 2014

President Xi Jinping announced yesterday in New Delhi that in order to support Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and other countries in combating the Ebola epidemic, help neighboring countries of the affected areas to build up epidemic prevention ability, encourage relevant international and regional organizations to carry on with their leading and coordinating role in the fight against the epidemic, the Chinese government decided to provide, on top of the previous two batches of assistance, the aforementioned countries with 200 million RMB worth of emergency assistance in cash, food and goods, and the World Health Organization and the African Union each with two million US dollars worth of cash aid.

Since the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, the Chinese government and people have shown their sympathy by taking the lead to offer instant assistance, such as cash, epidemic prevention materials and food. We have also sent, up till now, 174 medical experts to the affected areas to combat Ebola. What China has done fully demonstrates that China and African countries are friends who support each other in adversity, and showcases the spirit of love upheld by the Chinese nation. Countries in the affected areas, the UN and the World Health Organization highly commend that.

The epidemic that is escalating and spreading in West Africa has posed grave challenges to the international community. We are ready to work side by side with countries around the world and make positive contributions to the fight against the epidemic and the effective prevention and control of the epidemic at an early date.

Q: What is China's comment on the result of the referendum of Scotland?

A: As what we said time and again, relevant referendum of Scotland belongs to the domestic affairs of the UK. China has no comment on that.

Q: President Xi has wrapped up his visit to India. What is China's comment on the visit?

A: President Xi's historic state visit to India has come to a successful end. Yesterday, he met with President Pranab Mukherjee and held talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reaching important consensus on further elevating China-India strategic and cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity.

First, leaders of the two countries reached important consensus on the significance of developing China-India relations. President Xi underlined that China and India are each other's important neighbors, two major developing countries and new emerging markets, two mainstays in the process of world multipolarization and two countries pursuing the great course of national renewal. It is recognized by the world that the 21st century is the century of Asia in which the development of China and India is crucial. The harmonious coexistence, peaceful development and cooperative development of the Chinese dragon and the Indian elephant will deliver benefits to the 2.5 billion people of the two countries, the vast developing countries, and will have far-reaching influence over the region and beyond. Prime Minister Modi said that both India and China are ancient civilizations, whose combined population accounts for one third of the world's total. The mutually beneficial cooperation and common development of India and China not only benefit the two countries and two peoples, but also will contribute more to peace and prosperity of Asia and the world as well as the progress of mankind.

Second, leaders of the two countries reached important consensus on the advancement of all-round cooperation between the two countries. First, maintain exchanges at various levels, especially high-level visits and engagement, and give full play to its role of strategic guidance. President Xi said that both the two countries should stay committed to respecting and accommodating each other's concerns, and deepening political mutual trust. Prime Minister Modi stressed that the Tibet Autonomous Region is a part of the People's Republic of China, and that the Indian side does not allow Tibetans to carry out anti-China political activities in India. Second, move forward bilateral cooperation in development, align development strategies, improve practical cooperation across the board and forge ahead cooperation in information, railway infrastructure, industrial parks, clean energy, science and technology, spaceflight, finance and other areas. China is ready to import more Indian pharmaceutical and agricultural products that are sold well in China. Third, President Xi proposed that the two countries speed up the building of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor, carry out cooperation under frameworks such as the Silk Road Economic Belt, the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank. Prime Minister Modi stated that the Indian side will deliberate and join China's proposals considering the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor and the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank. Fourth, enhance strategic communication and coordination in international and regional affairs, maintain communication in multilateral mechanisms, including the UN, G20 and the BRICS and step up cooperation on global agenda, such as global governance, sustainable development, climate change, counter-terrorism, energy and food security. China expresses its welcome and support to India on becoming a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

Third, leaders of the two countries also reached important consensus on properly resolving the boundary question. President Xi highlighted that the two sides should stay committed to seeking an equitable, reasonable and mutually acceptable approach for the settlement of the boundary question based on friendly consultation. Pending the final settlement, the two countries should jointly manage differences, safeguard peace and tranquility of the border area and prevent the boundary question from holding up the development of bilateral relations. Prime Minister Modi said that the Indian side stands ready to make joint efforts with the Chinese side to manage the boundary dispute, accelerate negotiations on the boundary question and find a way out at an early date.

All in all, we believe that the visit will give a boost to the further development of China-India relations in the new historical age.

Q: China announced that it supports India and Pakistan in becoming full members of the SCO. Will China consider joining the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)?

A: With regard to relations between China and South Asian countries, President Xi delivered an important speech yesterday in which China's South Asia policy was touched upon. President Xi pointed out that a peaceful, stable, developing and prosperous South Asia is in the interests of regional countries and peoples as well as China. China is willing to live in harmony with South Asian countries and do what it can to promote South Asia's development. By putting forward the two initiatives of building the 21 Century Maritime Silk Road and the Silk Road Economic Belt, China is to spur the common development and common prosperity of China and countries along the road and the belt, including South Asian countries. These are like two wings which will take us higher and further. China values its relations with South Asian countries, and is willing to enhance dialogue, exchanges and cooperation with SAARC.

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