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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on June 25, 2014

Q: On June 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin advised Russian Federation Council to revoke a resolution passed on March 1 authorizing the use of Russian military force in Ukraine. How does China see the development in Ukraine?

A: China takes a positive view of the decision made by Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as the constructive efforts made by parties concerned to resolve the Ukrainian crisis, believing that this is conducive to the political settlement of the Ukrainian crisis. China supports relevant parties' efforts to implement the consensus of ceasefire, accelerate dialogue and negotiation based on the Geneva Consensus, seek for a comprehensive solution to politically resolving the crisis, and realize stability and development in Ukraine at an early date.

Q: President of the Philippines Benigno Aquino III, together with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, met with the press yesterday during his visit to Japan, saying that he supported Prime Minister Abe's plan to promote the international influence of Japanese army. How does China comment on this?

A: We have noted relevant report. China's principles and positions have been made clear many times before. Due to historical reasons, China pays close attention to Japan's policy changes concerning military security which also raise common concern from its Asian neighbors and the international community. We hope that Japan can understand and respect neighboring countries' legitimate and reasonable concerns on security and pursue a peaceful path.

We took notes of the remarks made by the Philippine leader during his visit to Japan. I'd like to point out that China has been long committed to resolving disputes concerning territory and maritime jurisdiction with countries directly concerned through bilateral negotiation and coordination on the basis of respecting historical facts and international laws. It is our opinion that relevant countries should show sincerity and move towards the same direction with China, rather than deliberately stir up tension and bring additional complicated factors to the regional situation. We hope that interactions between countries concerned can inject positive energy to the maintaining of regional peace and stability and play a constructive role, not the opposite.

Q: It is reported that after 3 Jewish youth went missing in the West Bank, Israel blamed Hamas for the "abduction" and required Palestinian government to take responsibility for this. Hamas denied the charge, and Israeli army then carried out a large-scale hunting operation in the West Bank which led to hundreds of Palestinians arrested, injured and several killed. What is China's comment on this?

A: We have noted relevant reports, and are deeply concerned and worried about the missing of 3 Jewish youth and the tension it has induced. China condemns all violent activities against innocent civilians. Meanwhile, we believe that violence is not the key to solving the problem and can only escalate the tension and build up hatred. Under the current circumstances, Israel and Palestine should enhance communication and cooperation and get to the bottom of the missing case as soon as possible. We hope the Israeli side can exercise restraint and avoid taking any overreacting step.

Q: China published a new edition of Chinese map which uses the same measuring scale to show the South China Sea as is used for the rest of the territory. What is the purpose of doing so?

A: We have seen relevant report. China's publishing houses in some regions published various kinds of Chinese maps with the purpose of serving the public, and there is no need to over-read it. Chinese government's position on the South China Sea is consistent, clear and free of any change.

Q: Vice President of the Republic of India Shri Mohammad Hamid Ansari will arrive in Xi'an tomorrow and start his official visit in China, after which he will come to Beijing. Can you tell us more about the agenda and specific arrangement of his visit?

A: At the invitation of Vice President Li Yuanchao, Vice President of the Republic of India Shri Mohammad Hamid Ansari will pay an official visit to China from June 26 to 30. Tomorrow he will arrive in Xi'an and start his visit, and the day after tomorrow he will arrive in Beijing and attend some official activities. During his visit, Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet with Vice President Ansari and jointly attend the commemorations of the 60th anniversary of the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence. Vice President Ansari will attend the welcome ceremony hosted by Vice President Li Yuanchao and hold talks with him. In addition, he will also address the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Relevant information will be released in due course.

China pays high attention to Vice President Ansari's visit to China. This is the first visit paid by an Indian state leader to China after the formation of the new government in India this May, which holds great significance to the stable and sound development of Sino-Indian relations under the new circumstances. We hope to further our in-depth and thorough discussions with the Indian side on how to enhance Sino-Indian relations through this visit, and we believe that this visit will contribute stronger impetus to growing Sino-Indian relations and pushing for faster and better development of bilateral ties.

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