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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on April 24, 2015

At the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Louise Mushikiwabo, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Rwanda will pay a working visit to China from April 29 to May 2.

Q: The Afghan Taliban announced that their "spring offensive" against the Afghan government and foreign troops stationed in Afghanistan would begin today. What is China's comment on that?

A: The Chinese side always believes that reconciliation is the realistic solution to the Afghan issue. The Chinese side supports the "Afghan-led and Afghan-owned" reconciliation process, and calls on all parties concerned to figure a political way out through peaceful talks. The Chinese side is ready to play a constructive role to that end.

Q: The 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) will be held in New York from April 27 to May 22. Will the Chinese side send a delegation to the conference? What is China's expectation for the conference?

A: The Chinese side places a premium on the upcoming Review Conference of the Parties to the NPT. Vice Chinese Foreign Minister Li Baodong will lead a delegation to the conference and address the general debate.

The 2015 review conference is of great historic significance, as this year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations and the victory of the World Anti-Fascist War, as well as the 45th anniversary of the entry into force of the NPT. The Chinese side hopes that all parties will take the opportunity to fully review the implementation of the treaty, clarify the direction and priority of work in the future, enhance the universality, authority and effectiveness of the treaty, and press ahead with the three objectives defined in the treaty, namely nuclear disarmament, nuclear non-proliferation and peaceful use of nuclear energy in a comprehensive and balanced way. The Chinese side is ready to work hand in hand with all parties to push for the success of the review conference.

Q: It is reported that General Secretary Xi Jinping will meet with Chairman Eric Chu of the Kuomintang (KMT) party next month. Please confirm that. What will be discussed by the two sides? How will the meeting affect the relationship between the two parties?

A: The spokesperson of the Taiwan Work Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has released the relevant information today. As agreed by the CPC and the KMT, KMT Chairman Eric Chu will lead a delegation to Beijing after attending in Shanghai the 10th Cross-Strait Economic, Trade and Cultural Forum scheduled for May 3. Leaders of the CPC and the KMT will exchange views on party-to-party interactions and relations across the Taiwan Strait. This will be an important event in the two parties' high-level exchanges.

After the press conference, journalists asked the following questions:

Q: The Philippine fisheries bureau said on April 23 that Chinese coastguards who boarded two Philippine fishing boats in waters off the Huangyan Island on April 11 robbed the Philippine fishermen of their catch and tools at gunpoint and destroyed their fishing equipment. Can you tell us whether that is true or not?

A: What we have learned shows that accusations made by the Philippine side are inconsistent with the fact. The Huangyan Island is an inherent part of China. Chinese government vessels perform guard duties and keep order in waters off the Huangyan Island in accordance with the law. The Chinese side once again urges the Philippine side to show earnest respect for China's territorial sovereignty, discipline and educate its fishermen and put an end to its illegal activities in waters off the Huangyan Island.

Q: According to media report, a Philippine air force official said on April 23 that a Chinese warship aimed a powerful light at a Philippine military plane and warned it to stay away through radio when the plane was patrolling near the Zhubi Reef of the Nansha Islands. Please confirm that and give us more details.

A: It has been verified that the relevant report is not true. There is no such thing of powerful light warning as mentioned in the report. It is learned that planes from the Philippines have conducted multiple intrusions into the area above waters near China's islands and reefs over recent days. The Chinese garrison there took actions in accordance with the law by asking them to leave through radio. The Chinese troops will continue to monitor closely the situation to prevent China's national security from being jeopardized and accidents on the sea and in the air from happening.

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