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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on March 4, 2015

Q: Recently Israel, the US and other countries sparred over policies on the Iranian nuclear issue. How does China comment on the ongoing Iranian nuclear negotiations on a comprehensive deal?

A: China maintains that it is of great significance to safeguard the international nuclear non-proliferation regime and peace and stability of the Middle East and also in the interests of all relevant parties to properly resolve the Iranian nuclear issue through dialogue and negotiation.

The negotiations on a comprehensive agreement of the Iranian nuclear issue have now come to a critical point, and the P5+1 and Iran all display strong political will to reach a deal at an early date. The Chinese side hopes that parties concerned can seize the historic opportunity, make political judgment, and seek a comprehensive agreement that is fair, balanced, mutually beneficial and win-win to all. The Chinese side will continue to work constructively to this goal.

Q: Thorbjorn Jagland has been voted out of the Norwegian Nobel Committee as its chairman but remains a member of the committee. This is the first involuntary departure from that post in the history of the committee. What is China's comment on this? Will this affect bilateral relations between China and Norway? Have the two sides been in any talk on this?

A: I have noted relevant report, and our position on China-Norway relations has not changed.

Q: A Chinese vessel carrying military supplies to Cuba has been detained in Colombian waters. Does China have any comment on this? Have you been in any contact with the Colombian side?

A: As far as I know, the ship carries normal military supplies exported from China to Cuba, and no sensitive substances are involved. Relevant cooperation does not violate Chinese laws and regulations, nor contravene the international obligations China undertakes. This is normal cooperation in military trade. China is in communication with the Colombian side on this matter. We will provide necessary assistance to Chinese citizens involved in this and safeguard their rights and interests in accordance with the law.

Q: The Russian Ambassador to China said that Foreign Minister Wang Yi would visit Russia in early April. Have the two sides agreed on the date of this visit?

A: China and Russia are comprehensive strategic partners of coordination. The two sides maintain close communication and cooperation at various levels, and the foreign ministers of the two countries have met on multiple occasions recently. We will release the specific date of Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit to Russia in due course.

Q:This year marks the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Indonesia. The Indonesian President is said to pay a state visit to China this month. Can you tell us more details about this visit?

A: China always regards Indonesia as an important partner of strategic cooperation, and stays committed to advancing friendly and pragmatic cooperation with the Indonesian side in various fields. The two sides have agreed to maintain the momentum of high-level exchanges. As for the specific arrangement of the Indonesian President's visit to China, I have nothing to offer to you at this moment and relevant information will be released in due course.

Q: The Sydney Morning Herald published an article on March 3 saying that "the regimes in Russia, China and the so-called Islamic State are all fascist". How does China respond to this?

A: This newspaper should be ashamed of its ridiculous and ignorant remarks. It must immediately deal with this case in a serious manner.

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