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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on March 2, 2015

2015/03/02

Q: A poll conducted by a research institution shows that China has become the most popular and recognized country among the Tanzanian people. China's development model, influence, economic power and the effect of China's assistance to Tanzania all top the list. What is China's comment on this?

A: We have noted this research report. The Chinese and African people have the final say in how China-Africa relations develop and what effects China-Africa cooperation exerts. Relevant research proves that China-Africa cooperation is productive and well-received which brings tangible benefits to people of both sides.

It is a cornerstone of China's foreign policy to strengthen unity and cooperation with African countries. China will further uphold the principles of sincerity, real results, affinity and good faith and the right approach to upholding morality and pursuing interests advocated by President Xi Jinping when developing relations with Africa. We will work in concert with African countries, comprehensively deepen the friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields, and promote the building of a new model of China-Africa partnership with win-win cooperation at its core. We are fully confident of the prospects of China-Africa friendly cooperation.

Q: U.S. Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said that it is easy to earn cheap applause by vilifying a former enemy, a statement showing America's understatement of the Japanese history of aggression. Do you have any comment on this?

A: I need to further check on the background and specifics of relevant statement made by the US official. I have noticed that at the 70th anniversary of the founding of the UN and the end of the World Anti-Fascist War, the attitude taken by the Japanese leaders on the past history of militarist aggression and the message sent out have been much talked about by the international community and within Japan for quite a time. For example, Japanese former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama said that Japan's colonial rule and aggression over China and the ROK is undeniable.

Seven decades ago, the war of aggression launched by Japanese militarism plunged people from victimized countries of Asia including China into untold sufferings. Only by genuinely respecting the history and properly dealing with historical issues can Japan earn understanding and embrace the future. We hope that Japanese leaders can heed the call for justice from the international community as well as Japan, take a sensible attitude on relevant issues and send out a positive and right message.

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary marking the victory of the Second World War, the international community has high consensus of memorizing the history, firmly upholding the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, learning from history and exploring effective ways to maintain international peace and security against the new backdrop. This echos the important consensus forged and explicit message sent out in the UN Security Council open debate on maintaining international peace and security chaired by Foreign Minister Wang Yi in New York.

Q: Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera of Sri Lanka just concluded his visit to China. Can you give us some details? How does China think of his visit? According to some reports, Foreign Minister Samaraweera said during a press briefing that the loan China is providing to Sri Lanka comes with a high interest, and the financial burden of the Sri Lankan government is thus increased. What is China's comment?

A: Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera of Sri Lanka was in China from February 27 to 28 for a visit at the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi. During his visit, both sides had an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations and issues of mutual interest and reached broad consensus. Foreign Minister Samaraweera stressed to the Chinese side that Sri Lanka and China are all-weather friends whose friendship has been tested through difficult times. Sri Lanka-China friendliness is a consensus shared by all parties in Sri Lanka. The new government will continue to follow a friendly policy towards China as has been pursued by successive Sri Lankan governments, and hopes to deepen its traditional friendship with China. President Maithripala Sirisena is willing to pay a state visit to China in March which we believe will further elevate Sri Lanka-China relations. China speaks highly of Foreign Minister Samaraweera's statements. Both sides agreed to further deepen practical cooperation and seek stronger development of China-Sri Lanka strategic partnership for cooperation while fully implementing the outcomes achieved by President Xi Jinping during his visit to Sri Lanka last year and preparing for Presient Sirisena's visit to China.

As for some media reports about China's loans to Sri Lanka, China's loans were provided at the request of the Sri Lankan side following the principle of mutual benefit and win-win results. The loan arrangements, which are made upon consensus and oriented towards the entire nation and its people, have played a positive role in Sri Lanka's economic and social development. The Sri Lankan side thanked China's long-time support which is significant to its economic and social development. We believe that the practical cooperation between China and Sri Lanka, which is based on the fundamental interests of the two states and the two peoples, will continue to move ahead.

Q: The ROK and the US started the joint military drill today, and the DPRK launched 2 short-range missiles into the east waters of the Peninsula in response. The DPRK Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying that the joint military exercise of the ROK and the US is highly provocative and the DPRK side will respond with toughest measures. How does China comment on this?

A: I have noted relevant report as well as responses from parties concerned, and we pay attention to this. We maintain that upholding peace and stability of the Korean Peninsular and north-east Asia is in the interests of parties concerned, and is also a common responsibility shared by all. We hope parties concerned can do more things that are conducive to defusing the tension of the Peninsular and maintaining regional peace and stability, rather than the contrary.

Q: Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Samaraweera purportedly said that Chinese submarines will not be allowed to dock in its ports. What is China's comment on this? Second, some countries have withdrawn their embassies from Yemen. Does China have the plan to do so?

A: On your first question, I have noted relevant report. The Chinese vessel docked in Colombo, Sri Lanka for resupply when it sailed to the Gulf of Aden and the Somalian waters for escort mission. This activity is normal and transparent and approved by the Sri Lankan side in line with international common practice. Based on my understanding, the Sri Lankan government holds a policy of supporting international anti-piracy campaign and welcoming the docking of vessels from any friendly country in its ports.

On your second question, the Chinese side keeps close tabs on the development of the Yemeni situation. We hope that parties concerned in Yemen can fully implement relevant resolution adopted by the UN Security Council, proposals of the Gulf Cooperation Council and outcome documents of the National Dialogue Conference, continue to bridge differences peacefully through dialogue and consultation, press ahead with the political transitional process and restore national stability and normal order to Yemen at an early date. The Chinese Embassy in Yemen is still in normal operation.

Q: Former Deputy Prime Minister of Russia and opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead. Does China have any comment on this?

A: China strongly denounces the shooting of Boris Nemtsov. We notice that relevant authorities of Russia are handling this case in accordance with the law.

Follow-up: Is China concerned that the shooting of Nemtsov may lead to instability of Russia and affect China-Russia relations?

A: As I have mentioned, China strongly denounces the shooting of Boris Nemtsov. We notice that relevant authorities of Russia are handling this case in accordance with the law. This belongs to the domestic affairs of Russia, and we believe the Russian government is capable of maintaining national stability. The smooth development of China-Russia relations meets the interests of all parties. We are convinced that China-Russia relations will continue to develop at a high level.

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