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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on May 5, 2014

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on May 5, 2014.

Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcement:

At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, President Cavaco Silva of the Portuguese Republic will pay a state visit to China from May 12 to 18.

Q: The landslide that smashed into northeastern Afghanistan on May 2 caused heavy casualties and property losses. What kind of help will China offer?

A: The Chinese side gives great attention to the landslide in Afghanistan. President Xi Jinping has extended condolences to President Hamid Karzai, mourning the loss and expressing sincere sympathy to those affected by the disaster. Foreign Minister Wang Yi has also sent a message of condolence to his Afghan counterpart Mr. Zarar Ahmad Osmani.

The Red Cross Society of China has provided the Afghan Red Crescent Society with emergency humanitarian assistance. The Chinese government will provide support and assistance in disaster relief in light of the need of the Afghan side.

Q: The third parliamentary election was held in Iraq on April 30. What is China's comment on that?

A: China welcomes the election for a new parliament in Iraq and hopes that the election will further enhance solidarity among different factions in Iraq, promote political reconciliation and economic reconstruction and bring lasting peace and stability to the country.

Q: Many Japanese delegations have come to visit China over recent period of time. Masahiko Komura, Deputy President of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party is visiting China right at the moment. Does that indicate a thaw in China-Japan relations?

A: Our position on the development of China-Japan relations is clear-cut. We welcome the positive role played by people from all circles, including those from the ruling and opposition parties of Japan for the enhancement of mutual understanding, improvement and development of China-Japan relations. China-Japan relationship is beset by grave difficulties, and everybody knows where the crux lies. It is the Japanese leader's erroneous action that undermines the political foundation of China-Japan relations and sets up barriers for high-level interactions between the two countries. It is better for the doer to undo what he has done. The Japanese leader should face up to and deeply reflect on history, show his sincerity through concrete actions, live up to the commitment enshrined in the four political documents between China and Japan and make tangible efforts to bring bilateral relations back to the track of normal development.

Q: Seven OSCE observers were reportedly released on May 3 in Slaviansk, a city in eastern Ukraine. What is China's comment on that?

A: China appreciates the constructive efforts made by all relevant parties. We hope the parties and the international community will carry forward measures that are conducive to de-escalating the tension in Ukraine, renounce force or any violent action, peacefully resolve differences through political dialogue and come back to the track of defusing crisis in Ukraine through political means.

Q: The Philippines and the US held a joint military drill today. How does China respond?

A: China has expressed its position on the Philippine-American alliance and their joint military drills on many occasions. We believe that peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific serves the interests of all parties in the region and calls for their dedication. We hope that relevant actions carried out by the Philippines and the US aim for that goal and help promote mutual trust among regional countries, as well as peace and stability of the region.

Q: It is learnt that China and Russia are negotiating a "food for oil" deal. Please confirm that.

A: As far as I know, relevant authorities and companies of China have not engaged in such kind of negotiation with the Russian side. China-Russia trade in crude oil is moving forward normally, in keeping with the agreement reached by the two sides.

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