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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on February 3, 2015

Q: A negotiator from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) said on February 1 that South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed an agreement in Addis Ababa on forming a transitional government of national unity in South Sudan . How does China comment on this, and what efforts has China made to this end?

A: The Chinese side welcomes the agreement on forming a South Sudan transitional government of national unity between conflicting parties of South Sudan, and applauds the enormous efforts IGAD has put into this.

The Chinese side has been proactively advancing the peace process in South Sudan. Foreign Minister Wang Yi, while visiting Africa last month, attended the Special Consultation in Support of the IGAD-led South Sudan Peace Process initiated by China and advocated a four-point proposal on resolving the South Sudan crisis at an early date. A five-point consensus was then forged by participating parties on this basis. China sincerely hopes that the warring parties of South Sudan can show more sense of urgency, fully implement the existing agreements, settle their differences as soon as possible and never again pass up this chance of pursuing peace.

Q: Media reports say that China and Russia have shown support to India's efforts to push for an UN resolution on international terrorism. Please tell us more details.

A: In the recently concluded foreign ministers' meeting among China, Russia and India, foreign ministers of the three countries exchanged in-depth views on international and regional issues of common interest, and reached broad consensus which was published in a joint communique after the meeting. China maintains a consistent and clear position on anti-terrorism, and China fights against all forms of terrorism. Following the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and other widely-recognized norms governing international relations, the international community should enhance cooperation, rise to the challenge posed by international terrorism and safeguard world peace and stability.

Q: What is China's position on India's endeavor to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council?

A: As major developing countries, both China and India are supportive of increasing the sanctity and role of the Security Council through reform and giving priority to enhancing the representativeness of developing countries. China lays great emphasis on India's role in international affairs as a major developing country, understands and supports India's aspiration to play a bigger role in the UN including the Security Council. The Chinese side is willing to work with all parties through democratic consultation, pursue a package solution to various problems related to reform and reach consensus in the broadest sense.

Q: US President Barack Obama will attend the US National Prayer Breakfast. What would China say if the Dalai Lama showed up at the event? Would China-US relations be affected?

A: I have answered this question yesterday. Tibet-related issues bear on China's core interest and national feelings. We are against any country's interference in China's domestic affairs under the pretext of Tibet-related issues, and are opposed to any foreign leader's meeting with the Dalai Lama in any form. We hope that the US side can fulfill its commitment on Tibet-related issues and properly deal with relevant matters while keeping in mind the overall interest of bilateral relations.

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