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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on September 22, 2014


The 69th session of the UN General Assembly commenced on September 16 at the UN Headquarters in New York. Foreign Minister Wang Yi will head a delegation to the assembly from September 24 to 28 and address the General Debate in which he will expound China's foreign policy for peace, development and cooperation as well as China's positions and stances on the current international situation, major international and regional issues.

At the invitation of Mexican Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade, Foreign Minister Wang Yi will pay an official visit to Mexico and co-host the 6th Meeting of China-Mexico Intergovernmental Standing Committee with Foreign Minister Meade from September 28 to 30.

At the invitation of US Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit the US from September 30 to October 2, during which both sides will have in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations as well as international and regional issues of mutual interest.

Q: On September 20, New Zealand's Electoral Commission announced the initial ballot counting of the parliamentary election. The National Party led by the sitting Prime Minister John Key won this election with 48% of the vote. What is China's comment on this?

A: China congratulates Prime Minister John Key on winning the election and securing another term as the Prime Minister of New Zealand. Premier Li Keqiang has sent a congratulatory message to him.

China thinks highly of the significant strides China-New Zealand relationship has made in recent years, and stands ready to work with New Zealand to maintain close exchanges at high level and at various levels, deepen cooperation in key areas, enhance communication and coordination in international and regional affairs, and elevate China-New Zealand comprehensive cooperative relations to a new high.

Q: On September 21, the Afghan Independent Election Commission has officially named Ashraf Ghani as the new president of Afghanistan. Ghani and rival presidential candidate Abdullah Abdulah signed a power-sharing agreement on forming a national unity government, according to which Ghani will assume the presidency and Abdullah will take the post of chief executive. What is China's comment on this?

A: China welcomes the successful conclusion of the Afghan election and congratulates Ghani and Abdullah on taking the posts of president and chief executive respectively. China supports an early formation of a national unity government and hopes that Afghanistan can take this election as a new starting point towards unity and stability.

As a friendly neighbor to Afghanistan, China attaches great importance to China-Afghanistan relationship, and stands ready to cooperate closely with the new government to move forward China-Afghanistan strategic cooperative partnership. China will continue to assist and support Afghanistan in its peaceful reconstruction to the best of its capability.

Q: There are reports that four Uighurs were arrested by the Indonesian authority when they tried to join the terrorist training camp with fake Turkish passports. Does China know anything about this? Will China ask the Indonesian side to repatriate them?

A: We have noted relevant reports, and are still verifying the specifics. I want to stress that China consistently opposes terrorism of all forms. The international community should enhance cooperation and collectively combat extremism and safeguard international peace and stability.

Q: There are reports that extremists from Xinjiang have gone to Iraq, Syria and Southeast Asia to participate in terrorist training activities. What is China's comment on this?

A: We have noted relevant reports. At present, we have no specifics at hand.

We have stressed before that the East Turkistan terrorist forces have sent their members to participate in the so-called Jihads in war-torn regions and colluded with the international terrorist forces, imposing grave danger to the regional and international security and stability. China stands ready to enhance cooperation with the international community to fight terrorist forces and safeguard regional and international security and stability.

Q: First, will the recent standoffs in China-India border area as reported by some media have any negative impact on the achievements of President Xi Jinping's visit to India? Second, the 2nd "China-India Media Dialogue" scheduled to be held in India today is cancelled. What is China's comment on this?

A: On your first question, President Xi Jinping just concluded his state visit to India, which is a great success and has occupied the headline of international media. He was accorded grand and warm reception by the Indian government and people. The two leaders stressed the strategic significance and global impact of bilateral relations from a historic and holistic point of view, decided to carry forward and build on the bonds of friendship, and made cooperation the main melody of China-India relations. President Xi pointed out that the harmonious co-existence, as well as peaceful, cooperative, and inclusive development between th Chinese dragon and the Indian elephant benefits the two countries, the neighborhood and the whole world. Both sides decided to forge a closer partnership for development. Both sides reiterated that friendly consultation should continue to be upheld as the way to resolve boundary issue, and pending final resolution, both side should work together to safeguard peace and tranquility in the border area. President Xi's visit helped to build trust, relieve doubts and pool consensus between the two sides and launch China-India ties to a new historical phase.

Leaders from both sides have a high degree of consensus on remaining committed to resolving boundary issue through friendly consultation. There are a series of established and effective working mechanisms as well as smooth communication channels on the boundary issue. Therefore, the situation can be brought under control effectively through timely communication. I believe both China and India have enough determination and capability to jointly safeguard the peace and tranquility in the border area which is of great significance to maintaining sound and stable development of bilateral ties.

On your second question, I have no specifics at hand. I would like to refer you to competent authorities. We believe that enhanced dialogue and exchanges between Chinese media and Indian media is conducive to deepening mutual understanding and can contribute positively to the foundation of public opinion which will help cement and consolidate bilateral relations.

Q: On September 21, Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Bassindwa submitted his resignation. Yemeni government and relevant parties signed an agreement on implementing ceasefire and forming an inclusive government. What is China's comment on this?

A: China hopes that all parties in Yemen can put the state first, take concrete steps to implement "the national peace and partnership agreement", and avoid another outbreak of violent clashes. They should endeavor to properly settle their differences through dialogue and consultation, make continuous efforts to advance the process of political transition, safeguard national solidarity and national unity, and restore national stability and normal development as soon as possible.

Q: While attending the UN General Assembly, is there any arrangement for Foreign Minister Wang Yi to have bilateral meetings with Foreign Ministers of the ROK, the DPRK, Japan and other countries?

A: Foreign Minister Wang Yi will head a delegation to the General Assembly from September 24 to 28 and address the General Debate. During his stay there, he will participate in the General Assembly Counter-terrorism Summit, Foreign Ministers' Meeting of the BRICs and a series of other multilateral activities. He will also hold bilateral meetings with foreign ministers of certain countries and leaders of international organizations.

Relevant sides are in communication for arrangements of specific bilateral meetings. Relevant information will be released in due course.

Q: There are reports that two were killed in explosions in Luntai County of Xinjiang Province. Can you provide any update?

A: I have noted relevant reports. At present, further investigation of the case is underway.

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