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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on September 9, 2014

Q: Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said there are disagreements about the negotiation of long-range missile defense system purchase between China and Turkey. And Turkey is now talking with other parties about the deal. What is China's comment on this?

A: The cooperation you mentioned between Chinese enterprises and Turkey is normal trade cooperation in the military field. China believes that the Turkish side will make decisions in line with its own interests.

Q: Iraqi national assembly approved the new cabinet proposed by Haidar Abadi on September 8 and appointed him as the prime minister. What is China's comment on this?

A: Forming of the new government of Iraq is an important step forward in the political reconciliation process in Iraq, which China welcomes. We hope that all parties of Iraq will enhance solidarity, jointly respond to challenges, push for the process of political reconciliation and economic reconstruction, restore safety and normal order in the country as early as possible and realize national stability and development.

China and Iraq enjoy friendly relations. The Chinese government is willing to step up interaction with the new Iraqi government, deepen bilateral practical cooperation in various areas on the basis of equality, mutual benefits and win-win results, and promote further development of bilateral relations. China also stands ready to continue with assistance to Iraq as needed to the fullest extent of our capability.

Q: BBC reporters today covered China's large-scale land reclamation work in the South China Sea. Why is China doing this?

A: We have answered this question many times before, and I suppose you must be fully aware of China's position. China asserts indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and the adjacent waters, and China's activities on relevant islands and reefs of the Nansha Islands fall entirely within China's sovereignty and are totally justifiable.

Is China's large-scale reclamation work for commercial or military use?

As far as I know, the construction work China is undertaking on relevant islands is mainly for the purpose of improving the working and living conditions of people stationed on these islands.

Given the fact that China is building new islands, there is no way that construction on them is for improving the living conditions of inhabitants on them. What are the true purpose and intention of China for doing this?

I have already answered your question.

Q: Can you brief us on the visit of the US President's National Security Advisor Susan Rice to China? Which Chinese leaders have met with her and what messages has China conveyed to her? Are questions like President Obama's upcoming visit to China covered in the talks?

A: US President's National Security Advisor Susan Rice is now visiting China. State Councilor Yang Jiechi met with her yesterday and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with her this noon.

State Councilor Yang Jiechi said that President Xi Jinping and President Obama held telephone talks last July, agreeing to press ahead with the building of a new type of major-country relationship between China and the US. There have been fruitful results achieved from the sixth round of China-US strategic and economic dialogue and fifth round of China-US high-level people-to-people consultations. In the next step, both sides should earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of states, increase strategic mutual trust, enhance practical cooperation in various fields, properly manage disputes and sensitive issues and ensure that China-US relations move stably along the path of non-confrontation, non-conflicts, mutual respect and win-win cooperation. President Obama is welcome to attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting to be held in November and pay visit to China, and stands ready to step up communication and coordination with the American side to ensure the success of the visit. The two countries will have a series of important interactions and consultation recently, and we hope that both sides can make joint efforts to push for positive outcome.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that China hopes to see positive results from President Obama's visit to China and send a clear and positive signal to the world that China and the US can absolutely carry out sincere cooperation and China-US cooperation will make the world more peaceful and stable. Both sides should enhance practical cooperation, communication and coordination on bilateral, international and regional affairs, and translate the positive will of building the new type of major-country relationship between China and the US into substantive policies, actions and cooperation fruits.

Miss Rice said that US-China relation is of great importance to America and is given first priority by the US side. She hopes that US and China will maintain high-level dialogue, carry out comprehensive and in-depth discussion on a variety of topics concerning bilateral, regional and global issues, and make joint efforts to build the new type of major-country relationship between the US and China. This is in the interests of America and China, as well as the international community. President Obama looks forward to attending the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting and visiting China this November, and believes that this visit will serve as an important milestone in the process of growing US-China ties. Miss Rice also said that her visit to China is to conduct in-depth dialogue with the Chinese side on a wide range of topics concerning bilateral and global issues, enhance coordination and make full preparation for the forthcoming visit of President Obama to China. America reiterated that it welcomes a rising China that enjoys long-term stability, peace and prosperity, supports China in playing a responsible role in international affairs, and stands ready to jointly push for the building of a new model of major-country relationship with China.

Later this afternoon, President Xi Jinping will meet with Miss Rice. Relevant information will be released in due course.

Q: Did Miss Rice talk about the encounter of Chinese and American military planes as well as the American military planes' surveillance near China's coastal waters with officials from China's military? What position did China express during the talks?

A: This morning, General Fan Changlong, vice chairman of the Central Military Commission met with Miss Rice. I believe the Ministry of National Defense will release details of this talk soon for your reference. As for our principle, I can tell you that good and stable military-to-military relations are in the interests of both countries. The Asia-Pacific is a region where China and America have their interests interwoven in the most intensive way and carry out the most frequent interactions, therefore the building of the new type of major-country relationship between China and the US must start from the Asia-Pacific region. To realize good interactions and enhance cooperation between China and the US in the Asia-Pacific is of important and positive significance to maintain peace and stability of this region. As far as I know, militaries of the two countries have consensus on stepping up dialogue and communication covering various fields and levels, enhancing mutual understanding and trust and avoiding misinterpretation and miscalculation, and we maintain close communication to this end.

Q: China's Vice Premier Ma Kai is visiting Britain this week. He will meet British Chancellor of Exchequer George Osborne this Friday. Can you give us more details?

A: Vice Premier Ma Kai of the State Council will travel to the UK to co-host the 6th China-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue with UK Chancellor of Exchequer George Osborne and to France to co-host the 2nd China-France High-Level Economic and Financial Dialogue with French Minister of Finance and Public Accounts Michel Sapin from September 10 to 16.

During his stay in Britain, Vice Premier Ma Kai will co-host the 6th China-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue with UK Chancellor of Exchequer George Osborne, hold a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameroon, and attend the China-UK Financial Roundtable and China-UK Joint Investment Forum, among other activities. The theme of this Dialogue is to promote common growth and inclusive development of the Chinese and British economies. Both sides will exchange views on the current macro-economic performance, reform of the global economic governance, trade and infrastructure construction, investment, cooperation on urbanization, reform of financial regulation, development of financial market and other issues.

China hopes that through the China-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue, the economic achievements of Premier Li Keqiang's visit to the UK this year can be fully implemented, practical cooperation in investment, finance and other areas be deepened, and the economic dimension of China-UK relations be enriched, so as to maintain the sound momentum of China-UK relations.

Q: It is reported that UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria crisis Staffan de Mistura will visit Syria and other regional countries. How does China comment on this?

A: Political settlement is the only realistic way out to resolve the Syria crisis. China welcomes the mediation efforts made by the UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General, and hopes that his work can bring new impetus to the political settlement process of the Syria issue. China calls on all parties and groups in Syria to coordinate with and support the mediation by the Special Envoy, show political will, restart dialogue and negotiation and blaze a middle way that fits the national conditions of Syria and accommodates interests of all parties.

Q: Scotland will hold an independence referendum, and how does China comment on this? If an independent Scotland applies to join the United Nations, will China veto its application?

A: Scotland's independence referendum is an internal matter of the UK. China has no comment on that.

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