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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Remarks on Afghan Presidential Election and Other Issues

2014/07/15

Q: The two presidential candidates of Afghanistan have reportedly reached reconciliation the other day over differences concerning the election. What is China's comment on that?

A: China welcomes the reconciliation recently reached by the two presidential candidates of Afghanistan over differences concerning the election and appreciates efforts made by relevant parties to that end. China hopes to see a unified, stable, developed and amicable Afghanistan, supports Afghanistan in completing the political transition smoothly and stands ready to help Afghanistan achieve lasting peace and sustainable development at an early date together with the international community.

Q: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a session of the House of Representatives Budget Committee on July 14 that he hoped to have a meeting with the Chinese leader during the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in November. How does China respond?

A: We know clearly why the normal development of China-Japan relationship is impeded. The Chinese side has made clear its position on the contact between Chinese and Japanese leaders on many occasions. The Japanese side should take concrete actions to remove political obstacles standing in the way of bilateral ties.

Q: Australian media, such as the Age carried reports on remarks made by the Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in an interview. She said that China does not respect weakness, adding that Australia should stand up to China. What is China's comment on that?

A: The Australian side has clarified that with the Chinese side through diplomatic channel, saying that the Australian Foreign Minister has never made such remarks.

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