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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Regular Press Conference on April 30, 2014

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang held a press conference on April 30, 2014.

Qin Gang started the press conference with the following announcements:

At the invitation of Hailemariam Dessalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Goodluck Jonathan, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, José Eduardo dos Santos, President of the Republic of Angola and Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya, Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council will pay official visits to the aforementioned four countries from May 4 to 11, 2014.

At the invitation of Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, Rotating President of the African Union and President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Premier Li Keqiang will pay an official visit to the African Union Headquarters on May 5.

At the invitation of Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, Premier Li Keqiang will attend the Plenary Session of the 24th World Economic Forum on Africa in Abuja, capital of Nigeria on May 8 during his visit there.

At the invitation of the government of the Republic of Costa Rica, Han Changfu, Special Envoy of President Xi Jinping and Minister of Agriculture will attend the power transfer ceremony of the President of the Republic of Costa Rica from May 7 to 8.

Q: Yesterday, Chinese businessman Li Fangwei was listed as wanted by the US on suspicion of illegally exporting missile parts to Iran. What is China's comment on this? Does China know the whereabouts of this man? Is the Chinese government going to arrest and extradite him to the US?

A: We have noted relevant reports. China resolutely opposes the US citing domestic laws to unilaterally impose sanctions on Chinese companies or individuals. What the American side has done will not help resolve the issue and will harm bilateral cooperation on non-proliferation. I'd like to emphasize that the Chinese government attaches high importance to non-proliferation exports management and control, and we will seriously deal with any violation of China's non-proliferation laws and regulations in accordance with law. Relevant concerns of the American side should be addressed through cooperation with China on non-proliferation law enforcement. China urges the American side to stop the wrong acts of imposing sanctions on Chinese companies and individuals and return to the right track of non-proliferation cooperation.

Q: Governor of Tokyo Yoichi Masuzoe visited China the other day, and Vice President of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party Masahiko Komura is about to visit China. Does this mean that China-Japan relationship has begun to improve?

A: China holds a consistent and clear-cut stance on improving and developing China-Japan relations. We urge the Japanese side to abide by its commitment made in the four political documents between China and Japan, take solid steps to remove the serious political hurdles getting in the way of bilateral relations, and make efforts to bring bilateral relations back to the right track of development. Meanwhile, we welcome Japanese people from all circles including ruling and opposition parties to exert positive influence on the improvement of China-Japan relations.

Q: US President Barack Obama has wrapped up his visit to Asia. What is China's comment? The Agreement on Enhanced Defense Cooperation between the US and the Philippines allows more US military presence in the Philippines. What is China' comment on this? Does China think it as an attempt by the US to contain China?

A: With regard to President Obama's visit to the four Asian countries, we have expounded on our principled position on China-related issues.

We believe that relevant parties should all make positive efforts to enhance mutual trust and cooperation and promote common peace, stability and prosperity in this region, rather than the opposite. The Pacific Ocean should be kept pacific.

We also maintain that upholding peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific is in the interests of all parties of the region and requires common efforts of all. It is justifiable for people to ask that any agreement between the US and the Philippines be consistent with this principle and not at the cost of mutual trust between regional countries and regional peace and stability.

Q: Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek visited China the other day, and foreign ministries of the two countries published a press communiqué yesterday. Some analysts believe that China-Czech relations are turning around. What is China's comment?

A: Yesterday, foreign ministries of China and the Czech Republic published a press communiqué, at the heart of which is the reaffirmation of the Czech Republic of its adherence to the one-China policy, respect for China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, commitment that Tibet is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory and refusal to support any form of "Tibet Independence". This is another significant political document between the two countries after the joint communiqué in 1999 and the joint statement in 2005 between governments of the two countries, playing a vital role in the sound and steady development of China-Czech relations in the coming years.

In recent years, China-Czech Relations have been hampered by Tibet-related issues. The clear stance of the Czech government on this issue signals the removal of obstructing factors and opening up of a new chapter for bilateral relations. We wish the Czech side, on the basis of respecting China's core interests and major concerns, can make positive efforts for the continuous, stable and sound development of China-Czech relations.

Q: The Australian side announced that most of the aircrafts and ships searching for the missing Malaysian airliner have left the search area. Has China also withdrawn its aircrafts and ships from the search mission?

A: In the next stage, China will continue to proactively support and participate in the search mission. We will also maintain close communication and coordination with relevant parties.

Q: Can you offer us more details on the ongoing sixth meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on China-India Border Affairs?

A: The sixth meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on China-India Border Affairs was held in Beijing from April 28 to 30. The Chinese delegation is headed by Ouyang Yujing, Director-General of the Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, and the Indian delegation is headed by Gautam H. Bambawale, head of the East Asia Division of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. Officials from ministries of foreign affairs and defence of the two countries were present at the meeting. On the sidelines of the meeting, Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin also met with the Indian delegation.

The meeting is amicable, candid and result-oriented. The two sides exchanged in-depth views on the situation in China-India border areas, which they believe is in general peaceful and tranquil. They agree to proactively implement the border defense cooperation agreement, constantly enrich and improve measures to safeguard peace and tranquility of the border areas and make it a bond connecting and benefiting the two peoples.

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