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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on March 20, 2014


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on March 20, 2014.

Hong Lei updated the press on China's search efforts over the past day for the missing Malaysian plane.

Hong Lei said that as was known to all, the Australian Prime Minister announced that objects possibly related to the missing plane had been found. China attaches great importance to this and expects the Australian side to dispatch airplanes and vessels as soon as possible for search and confirmation. China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has instructed the Chinese diplomatic and consular missions in Australia to keep in close contact with the Australian side, and China is willing to provide assistance in the search operation. China will follow up on the latest development and make arrangements in response.

Related departments in China are stepping up efforts to verify and analyse satellite and radar data concerning the vast Chinese territory covered by the northern corridor. We will inform the public as soon as we finish all the work.

Two formations of Chinese vessels have sailed separately to the Bengal Bay and the waters to the west of Indonesia. They are supposed to arrive at designated waters on the early morning of March 21.

Q: During President Xi Jinping's attendance at the Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands, whom will he meet with in addition to US President Barack Obama?

A: When President Xi attends the Nuclear Security Summit, he will meet with US President Obama, ROK President Park Geun-hye, President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, President Sauli Niinisto of Finland, Prime Minister David Cameron of the UK and other foreign leaders. We are coordinating with relevant countries to schedule these meetings.

Q: Due to the wrong view of history held by the Japanese leader, ROK President Park Geun-hye has never met with the Japanese leader since she took office. But according to ROK media, at the request of the US, leaders of the ROK, the US and Japan may hold a trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands. What is China's comment?

A: We have noted relevant reports.

Q: How does China evaluate the new round of talks on the Iranian nuclear issue in Vienna?

A: From March 18 to 20, the P5+1 and Iran held a new round of talks in Vienna and carried out substantive negotiation on specific elements concerning the comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue.

The atmosphere at the talks is positive. All parties showed the political will to reach a comprehensive agreement as soon as possible, conducted thorough and candid communication on issues of common concerns, and built consensus on relevant issues. Despite differences in uranium enrichment, Arak heavy-water reactor and other issues, all parties demonstrated the will to address each other's concerns and agreed to hold a new round of talks from April 7 to 9 so as to seek common ground while narrowing differences.

China always upholds objectiveness, fairness and responsibility in promoting peace talks, and plays a constructive role in the talks between the P5+1 and Iran. At the talks, concrete suggestions put forward by us to broaden consensus and narrow differences were well received by all parties. We will continue to communicate with all parties and make contributions to an early conclusion of the comprehensive agreement.

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