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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on January 14, 2015

On the morning of January 16 at 10:30, Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong will hold a press briefing in the Blue Room. He will brief you on Premier Li Keqiang's attendance at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2015 and working visit to Switzerland and take your questions. You are welcome to attend the briefing.

Q: There was a report about China's detention of 10 Turkish people who have allegedly helped Chinese Uighurs illegally enter Syria, Iraq and other countries. Can you confirm this? Has China lodged any representation with the Turkish side?

A: We have taken note of relevant report. Cracking down on illegal immigration is an aspiration shared by the international community, and also the persistent stance taken by the Chinese government. We are willing to cooperate closely with the international community on this issue.

Follow-up: Can you confirm that these Turkish people are detained in China?

A: Relevant report has gone into great details about your question. I have nothing new to add.

Q: Japan has approved a record 42 billion dollars national defense budget, and said that this amount was necessary given the current situation. How does China view Japan's increase in military spending?

A: Being a weather vane in telling Japan's pursuit of peaceful development path, Japan's policies in the military and security field have always attracted great attention from its Asian neighbors and the international community. We hope that the Japanese side can draw lessons from history, follow the path of peaceful development and work constructively to promote regional peace and stability.

Q: According to Afghan media, China is mediating between the Afghan government and Taliban. Can you confirm this?

A: As a friendly neighbor of Afghanistan, China values its relationship with Afghanistan and hopes to see Afghanistan achieve long-lasting peace, stability and development at an early date. China supports the "Afghan-led and Afghan-owned" peace and reconciliation process and stands ready to play a constructive role.

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