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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Regular Press Conference on December 17, 2014

2014/12/17

A terrorist attack of severe violence rocked Pakistan yesterday. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang sent separate messages of condolences to the Pakistani leaders.

President Xi Jinping said in his message to Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain that he was shocked to learn about the serious terrorist attack in Peshawar, Pakistan, which caused heavy casualties. On behalf of the Chinese government and people and in his own name, President Xi deeply mourned the victims and conveyed heartfelt sympathy to the injured and the bereaved families.

President Xi stressed that the Chinese side opposes all forms of terrorism and strongly condemns the inhumane terrorist attack. The thoughts of the Chinese people are with the Pakistani people. The Chinese side firmly supports the counter-terrorism efforts by the Pakistani government.

In his message to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Premier Li Keqiang said he was shocked to learn about the serious terrorist attack in Pakistan which caused heavy casualties including a large amount of students. Premier Li conveyed his sympathy and condolences to the Pakistani Prime Minister and government and through them to the Pakistani people and the victims.

Premier Li pointed out that both China and Pakistan suffer from terrorism. The Chinese side will stand firmly with the Pakistani government and people, as it always does, in their unremitting efforts to safeguard national security and stability and combat terrorism.

At the invitation of Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, will pay an official visit to China from December 22 to 23.

Q: The Dalai Lama has given an interview to a French Television Station, in which he says he believes that there are both hardliners and open-minded people in the Chinese government when it comes to discussions about the future and autonomy of Tibet. What is your comment on that?

A: On the issue of the Dalai Lama, the stance of the Chinese central government is consistent and clear. Dalai must relinquish his desire for separatism, stop activities impeding the unity of the Chinese nation and take concrete actions to create conditions for his contact with the central government.

As for what would be talked if there were contact, it would not be the so-called "autonomy of Tibet", still less the "independence of Tibet", but the future of Dalai himself. On Tibet-related issues, there is no "hawk" or "dove" in the Chinese government or the Communist Party of China. To stand up against separatism, safeguard national unification, territorial integrity and ethnic unity is the strong will shared by the entire Chinese nation.

Q: Today marks the third anniversary of the passing away of the former DPRK leader Kim Jong-il. Has the Chinese side attended any commemorative activities in the DPRK or at its Embassy in China?

A: We remember General-Secretary Kim Jong-il on the third memorial day of his passing away for his important contributions to the development of the longstanding relationship of friendly cooperation between the DPRK and China. Liu Yunshan, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, attended relevant commemorative activities this morning at the DPRK Embassy in China.

Q: Will the Chinese side talk with the Dalai Lama or his associates about the possibility of his return to China?

A: I have no details to offer. It is not within the remit of the spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry.

Q: China and Pakistan are intimate friends enjoying close security cooperation. Has China offered any specific assistance to Pakistan following the terrorist attack to build up its counter-terrorism capability?

A:China and Pakistan are friendly neighbors and all-weather strategic partners of cooperation. We sympathize with Pakistan over the challenges it is facing in terms of security, and support Pakistan in taking measures to crack down on terrorism, safeguard security and stability of the country and the society. Likewise, Pakistan understands and supports the efforts by China to fight against the "three evil forces". Counter-terrorism and law-enforcement cooperation makes up an important part of China-Pakistan cooperation. As was pointed out in the messages of condolences from President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to the Pakistani leaders, China will stand firmly behind Pakistan in its campaign against terrorism. We will further deepen our cooperation with the Pakistani side in this area.

Q: Is there any exchange of messages between Chinese and DPRK leaders on the occasion of the third anniversary of the passing away of Kim Jong-il?

A: As I said just now, Comrade Liu Yunshan has attended relevant commemorative activities at the DPRK Embassy in China, which is more direct than the exchange of correspondence.

We would like to reiterate the readiness of the Chinese side to make joint efforts with the DPRK to develop the traditional relationship of friendly cooperation and safeguard peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula.

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