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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on March 24, 2015

2015/03/24

Q: It is learned that the third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria will be held. Will the Chinese side send any representative to the conference?

A: The third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria will be held on March 31 in Kuwait. Ambassador Gong Xiaosheng, China's Special Envoy on the Middle East Issue will attend the conference.

The conflict in Syria has plunged the Syrian people into plight. The humanitarian situation there is disturbing. The international community should act in the principle of neutrality and equity, uphold relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council, follow the UN guiding principles on humanitarian aid and step up humanitarian assistance to Syria. More mediation efforts should be made to prompt all parties in Syria to realize a ceasefire and stop violence as soon as possible and explore a middle way that suits the national conditions in Syria and accommodates the interests of all parties through dialogue and negotiation, so as to politically resolve the Syrian issue. That is the fundamental way to alleviate the humanitarian situation in Syria.

The Chinese side has been playing a constructive role in pushing for the political settlement of the Syrian issue. We have done our best to deliver, through various channels, multiple batches of humanitarian supplies and assistance to the Syrian people and overseas Syrian refugees. The Chinese side will continue to do so.

Q: Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou has gone to Singapore to pay respect to the late former Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. Taiwan and Singapore do not have diplomatic relations. Has the Chinese side lodged complaints with the Singaporean government about the visit?

A: We have noted the relevant report. Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, who upheld the one-China policy, contributed his positive efforts to the development of cross-Strait relations. The Chinese side expresses its appreciation on this. Our position regarding the relationship between Taiwan and countries that have diplomatic relations with us is consistent and clear. We believe that the Singaporean side will prudently and properly deal with the relevant Taiwan-related issue in accordance with the one-China policy.

Q: Reports say that the Chinese government has invited Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to attend commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in September. Can you confirm this?

A: We have already given the information about activities to be held by the Chinese government in September to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War. The Chinese side has extended invitations to leaders of all relevant countries and international organizations.

Q: What topics were touched upon at the 18th Special Representatives' Meeting on the China-India Boundary Question held in New Delhi? Were any new initiatives discussed? Were the forthcoming visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to China and the economic relations and trade between the two countries discussed by State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval?

A: The 18th Special Representatives' Meeting on the China-India Boundary Question was held in New Delhi on March 23 and 24. Chinese representative and State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Indian representative and National Security Adviser Doval had an in-depth exchange of views on the boundary question as well as strategic communication over the bilateral relations and major international and regional issues of common interest.

On the bilateral relations, both sides agreed that China and India are each other's important neighbors, the two largest developing countries in the world and the most dynamic emerging markets. The development of China-India relations bears on the interests of the two peoples as well as peace and development of the region and the world as a whole. Efforts should be made by both sides to promote practical cooperation in various fields, step up coordination and cooperation on international and regional affairs, build a more close-knit partnership of development and contribute even more to world peace and growth.

Both sides stated that during President Xi Jinping's successful visit to India last September, the two leaders charted the course and worked out a plan for China-India strategic cooperation in the coming five to ten years. The two sides will work together to implement the important consensus between leaders of the two countries, maintain the momentum of high-level visits and keep advancing China-India strategic cooperative partnership.

On the boundary question, State Councilor Yang Jiechi and National Security Adviser Doval reviewed the progress made at the meetings over recent years and highlighted the need for the two countries to bear in mind the big picture of the bilateral relations and the long-term interests of the two peoples, build upon the past achievement and existing consensus and press ahead with the framework negotiation along the right course. Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to properly managing disputes and maintaining peace and tranquility of the border areas pending the settlement of the boundary question.

Q: There was a court hearing in Thailand today for a group of 17 Uyghurs. Has the Chinese side asked the Thai side for their repatriation?

A: I am not in possession of any solid information. We have stated on many occasions that illegal immigration disturbs the order of normal personnel exchanges among different countries and violates the common interests of the international community. More cooperation and communication in this regard to safeguard the order of normal and legitimate movement of people across different countries is in the interests of all relevant countries. We are ready to enhance communication and cooperation with relevant countries in this regard.

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