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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on March 10, 2015

At the invitation of the German government, Vice Premier Ma Kai of the State Council will pay a visit to Germany from March 15 to 20. During the visit, he will attend the CeBIT 2015 to be held in Hannover, participate in the activities held by China as the Partner Country, and chair the first China-Germany high-level fiscal and financial dialogue.

Q: Can you confirm that over the weekend Myanmar's airforce jet accidentally dropped bombs in China's Yunnan province? Has China lodged a protest with Myanmar about this?

A: It is to our knowledge that amid conflicts between Myanmar's government forces and local ethnic militias on March 8, stray bombs hit the Chinese side and damaged a civilian residence. Luckily, no one was injured or killed. The Chinese side has expressed grave concerns to the Myanmar side, asking them to get to the bottom of this incident as soon as possible and take effective measures to ensure that such incident will never happen again.

Conflicts in the Kokang region in northern Myanmar have been raging on for more than a month, disturbing the stability and normal order of China-Myanmar border areas. China once again urges relevant parties to exercise restraint, calm things down on the ground at an early date, and restore peace and stability in northern Myanmar.

Q: Leaders of the conflicting parties in South Sudan failed to sign a final peace agreement on March 6. The peace process came once again to an impasse. Chairperson of Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Hailemariam Dessalegn issued a statement, expressing his regret that the talks did not produce breakthrough. What is China's comment?

A: At present, the peace process in South Sudan has reached the final and most critical stage. China sincerely hopes that the conflicting parties in South Sudan can place the interests of the state and the people first, make the right political decision, and reach reconciliation at an early date. All the progress that has been built up in the past shall not be wasted for the lack of a final push, and this valuable opportunity for peace shall not be missed once again. The international community should continue to stand firmly behind IGAD's mediation efforts. China will continue to remain in close communication and cooperation with IGAD and other mediating parties to jointly push for an early and proper settlement of the South Sudan issue.

Q: Can you confirm that last month a Taliban delegation which was visiting Pakistan had a meeting with the Chinese ambassador to Pakistan?

A: What you said is inconsistent with the facts. As a friendly neighbor of Afghanistan, China highly values developing China-Afghanistan relations and hopes that Afghanistan will achieve enduring peace, stability and development at an early date. We support the "Afghan-led and Afghan-owned" peace and reconciliation process and stand ready to play a constructive role to this end.

Q: In the last days, there has been increasing tension between the United States and Venezuela. Venezuela is accusing Washington of mounting a coup. Yesterday, US President Obama declared Venezuela as a national threat to the US. As a good friend of Venezuela, how does China see this increasing tension between the United States and Venezuela?

A: China hopes that Venezuela and the US can develop bilateral ties on the basis of equality and mutual respect, which not only meets the common interests of the two countries and peoples, but also contributes to peace and stability in Latin America.

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