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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on June 4, 2014


At the invitation of Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council, Prime Minister of the Italian Republic Matteo Renzi will pay an official visit to China from June 10 to 12.

Q: According to Japanese media report, G7 summit to be held in Brussels will make China's actions in the East China Sea and South China Sea, Ukraine and actions against Russia the focal topics at the meeting. How does China respond to this?

A: We have noted relevant report. As for China-related topics that may be discussed at the meeting, I have expounded on our position yesterday.

As for the Ukraine-related topics, we hope that relevant parties can adopt measures which will further defuse the current Ukrainian situation,and push for the political settlement of this issue, not the opposite.

Q: Syria held the presidential election on June 3, and the sitting president Bashar al-Assad and other 2 candidates officially ran for election. What is China's comment?

A: The Syrian crisis has been fermenting for over 3 years, which brought grave sufferings to the country and the people. All parties including the Syrian government should realize ceasefire, halt violence as soon as possible, continuously proceed with the Geneva negotiation process, initiate an inclusive political transition and realize the political settlement of the Syrian issue at the earliest date possible.

Q: The Egyptian Election Commission announced on June 3 that former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi won the presidential election in Egypt. What is China's comment? What are China's expectations for Sino-Egyptian relations?

A: We extend our warm congratulations on the smooth running of the Egyptian presidential election and Mr. Sissi being elected as the president. We wish for early restoration of stability and development in Egypt in order to realize long-term peace and order, and hope that Egypt can continue with its contributions to maintaining regional peace and stability.

Friendship between the Chinese and Egyptian people lasts for quite a long time. The Chinese side is willing to work together with the Egyptian side to further enhance the traditional friendship between the two peoples, deepen mutuallly beneficial cooperation in various areas and bring the strategic cooperative relations between China and Egypt to a new height.

Q: According to some report, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague has given a deadline to China to respond to the arbitration case on South China Sea disputes filed by the Philippines. Will China submit counterargument to the court?

A: We have noted relevant report. China does not accept nor participate in the arbitration case filed by the Philippines. This position remains unchanged.

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