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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on April 7, 2015

The Fifty-fourth Annual Session of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO) will be held in Beijing from April 13 to 17. Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council will attend and address the Inaugural Session. AALCO member states and relevant international organizations will send delegations to the Session.

A Special Event on Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Bandung Conference and an International Colloquium on Charter of the United Nations and the Post-war International Order will be held during the Session.

At the invitation of Meng Jianzhu, Chairman of the Chinese side of the China-Belarus Intergovernmental Cooperation Committee, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Secretary of the Commission of Political and Legal Affairs under the CPC Central Committee, Nikolai Snopkov, Chairman of the Belarusian side of the Committee and Deputy Head of the Belarus President Administration will hold a chairmen's meeting with Meng Jianzhu in Beijing on April 10.

Q: You just mentioned that a Special Event on Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Bandung Conference and an International Colloquium on Charter of the United Nations and the Post-war International Order will be held during the AALCO Annual Session. Would you please give us more details on that?

A: The AALCO is an intergovernmental organization established in 1956, following the spirit of the 1955 Bandung Asian-African Conference. The AALCO is to promote exchanges and consultation among Asian and African countries on issues concerning international law, and give voice to Asian and African countries in the course of developing international law. Since the establishment of the AALCO nearly six decades ago, it has made important contributions, enabling Asian and African countries to enhance coordination and cooperation, and speak with one voice for their common interests in the field of international law.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Bandung Conference and the 70th anniversary of the victory of the World Anti-Fascist War and the founding of the UN. AALCO is an important tangible result of the Bandung Conference. The Special Event on Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Bandung Conference and the International Colloquium on Charter of the United Nations and the Post-war International Order to be held during the AALCO Annual Session aim at showcasing the determination and efforts of the AALCO as well as Asian and African countries to carry forward the Bandung Spirit, uphold the sanctity of the UN Charter, promote the international rule of law and enhance win-win cooperation in unison.

The Chinese side will work in concert with the AALCO and other members to ensure the Annual Session a full success, and continue to make relentless efforts together with Asian and African countries to enhance democracy and the rule of law in international relations.

Q: The US Defense Secretary yesterday voiced concerns about China's activities in the South China Sea and the cyberspace. What is China's response to that?

A: We have repeatedly elaborated on China's stance on issues relating to the South China Sea and cyber security. We hope that the American side would join China in carrying out positive and constructive dialogue and cooperation in the field of cyber security, so as to safeguard peace, security, openness and cooperation of the cyberspace. It is hoped that the US side would respect the efforts made by countries in the region to safeguard peace and stability of the South China Sea.

Q: On April 6, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology made public the result of its review on junior high schools' textbooks, authorizing new textbooks to describe Diaoyu Dao as Japan's "inherent territory". Setbacks are also seen on the description of the Nanjing Massacre and other history issues. What is China's comment on that?

A: The Chinese side is deeply concerned about what is happening in Japan. Diaoyu Dao and its affiliated islands have been an integral part of China since ancient times. That is fully supported by historical and jurisprudential evidence. Whatever means the Japanese side may employ to advertise its wrong position, it cannot change the basic fact.

The Nanjing Massacre is an atrocity committed by the Japanese militarism during its war of aggression against China. The conclusion has already been reached based on irrefutable evidence. How Japan views and deals with the relevant issue is a reflection of whether Japan has an honest, responsible and correct outlook on history. History is history, which cannot and must not be altered. We once again urge the Japanese side to be highly responsible with history, teach the younger generation with a correct outlook on history, honor its commitment of facing squarely and reflecting upon the history of aggression and make tangible efforts to improve its relations with neighboring countries.

Q: What is China's comment on the current situation in Yemen? Russia has presented a draft resolution to the UN Security Council, calling for an immediate ceasefire in Yemen. Does China support that?

A: The Chinese side is deeply concerned about the situation in Yemen and calls on all relevant parties to realize an immediate ceasefire so as to prevent further casualties of civilians. The Chinese side hopes that all parties concerned will take concrete steps to implement the UN Security Council resolutions and the initiatives of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), resolve the crisis through political dialogue and bring stability and order back to Yemen as soon as possible.

The Chinese side also pays high attention to the humanitarian situation in Yemen. We call on all relevant parties to abide by international law, facilitate and ensure the security of other countries' evacuation of their nationals in Yemen. The Security Council should play a constructive role in easing the tension and alleviating the humanitarian situation in Yemen and pushing for the political settlement of the Yemeni issue.

Q: It is reported that President Xi Jinping will visit Pakistan in the near term. Can you confirm that?

A: China and Pakistan are amicable neighbors and all-weather partners. President Xi Jinping looks forward to visiting Pakistan as soon as possible. The two sides are in close communication on that. We will release the information in due course.

Q: First, Japan revised its description of China-Japan relations in the newly published Diplomatic Bluebook, putting more weight on the territorial dispute over Diaoyu Dao. What is China's comment on that? Second, Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam kicks off his visit to China today. What is China's expectation for the visit?

A: On your first question, China holds a consistent position on China-Japan relations. We would like to advance China-Japan strategic relationship of mutual benefit based on the four political documents between the two countries, following the spirit of learning lessons from the history and looking into the future. We have been stressing that Diaoyu Dao belongs to China, and that China's determination and will to safeguard territorial sovereignty admit of no doubt. We will stay committed to upholding China's territorial sovereignty over Diaoyu Dao and properly handling and resolving the relevant issue through dialogue and consultation.

On your second question, at the invitation of General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee and President Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong is in China for an official visit from April 7 to 10. Later this afternoon, President Xi Jinping will hold a welcome ceremony for General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, have talks with him and join him in witnessing a signing ceremony. This is General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong's second visit to China during his terms of office. The Chinese side attaches great importance to the visit. Leaders from both sides will exchange views on the bilateral relationship and issues of common interest.

This year marks the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Vietnam. Amity and cooperation have been the main stream of China-Vietnam relations over the past 65 years. Bilateral cooperation has yielded fruitful results in various fields, delivering tangible benefits to the two peoples. The party and government of China maintain that a strategic and long-term approach should be adopted in viewing and dealing with China-Vietnam relations, and stand ready to work with the party and government of Vietnam to strive for the sound and steady growth of China-Vietnam comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation, following the guidelines of developing a future-oriented relationship featuring long-term stability, good-neighborliness and all-round cooperation, and the spirit of staying as good neighbors, friends, comrades and partners.

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