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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on May 6, 2014

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on May 6, 2014.

Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcements:

At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow of Turkmenistan will pay a state visit to China from May 11 to 14.

During his visit, President Xi Jinping will hold talks with President Berdimuhamedow and sign important documents including the treaty of friendly cooperation and the joint declaration. Premier Li Keqiang and Chairman Zhang Dejiang of the NPC Standing Committee will meet with him. The two sides will exchange views on developing China-Turkmenistan strategic partnership, deepening practical cooperation as well as international and regional issues of common interest. His visit will also take him to Hangzhou. We believe that the visit will instill new impetus to China-Turkmenistan strategic partnership.

As we have announced on April 29, the 4th Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) Summit will be held in Shanghai, China from May 20 to 21. For your better understanding of the theme and goal of the Summit, the Office of Public Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the China Public Diplomacy Association will host a Lanting Forum at 2 p.m. on May 8 (Thursday). Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping will deliver a keynote speech at the forum, and experts will have discussions and take questions. Welcome to cover the forum.

Q: Iran has reportedly provided updated design information on the heavy water Arak reactor to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). What is China's comment?

A: China has noted relevant reports and welcomes the latest progress achieved by Iran and the IAEA in their cooperation surrounding the Iranian nuclear issue. We hope to see the full and effective implementation of relevant agreement with the concerted efforts of Iran and the IAEA.

The P5+1 and Iran will hold the fourth round of negotiation on a comprehensive agreement in the near term. We hope that all parties concerned will make joint efforts to clinch the agreement at an early date.

Q: A Chinese cargo ship sank following a collision with a large container vessel in the waters off Hong Kong. Can you give us more details?

A: I need to get more information on that.

Q: Is there anyone behind the knife attack at the railway station in Guangzhou today? What measures will the Chinese government take in response to violent attacks?

A: I have just read the report about the knife attack at the railway station in Guangzhou. The Chinese police is still investigating the case, and any progress of the investigation will be released in a timely fashion. I want to underline that violent attacks against innocent civilians are unacceptable criminal activities that should be punished by law, no matter who carried out these attacks for whatever reasons.

The Chinese government has taken strong and effective measures and will continue to do so in dealing with violent attacks, in a bid to safeguard social stability and protect people's life and property.

Q: In response to the notice issued by the Maritime Safety Administration of China on navigation in waters off the Xisha islands, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam said on May 4 that China's 981 drilling rig is located within Vietnam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf. What is China's comment on that?

A: As far as I have learned, the Maritime Safety Administration of China issued a navigation notice on May 3 related to China's 981 drilling rig. Relevant drilling work is totally within waters off China's Xisha islands.

Q: First, it is learnt that a Chinese male was kidnapped in Malaysia today. Do you have any latest information to provide? Second, media in Myanmar reported that eight Chinese were arrested by Myanmar on suspicion of illegal possession of weapons. What is China's comment?

A: On your first question, we have just received that piece of news and are doing all we can to get more details.

On your second question, relevant Chinese department is checking that out.

Q: The US State Department has once again designated Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. The Cuban government responded with strong condemnation. What is China's comment?

A: Terrorism is the enemy of all mankind. Strong measures, rather than double-standard should be taken by the international community as a whole to fight it. China hopes to see a normal state-to-state relationship between Cuba and the US based on equality and mutual respect, which serves the interests of the two countries and two peoples and contributes to peace and stability in Latin America.

Q: In an interview during his trip to Europe, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that Japan would not follow in the footsteps of Germany in apologizing for historical wrongs. What is China's comment?

A: The remarks which lay bare the Japanese leader's wrong conception of history reveal once again that he is void of sincerity to face up to history.

There is always a group of people in Japan who attempt to deny or even glorify the history of aggression and colonial rule by Japan's militarism and negate the just trial of Japanese fascism by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East. The Japanese leader paid homage to the Yasukuni Shrine where Class-A war criminals of World War II are honored. The Japanese side is also engaged in stirring up troubles on issues concerning territorial disputes with neighbors and ratcheting up tensions. The biggest stumbling block standing in the way of reconciliation and cooperation between Japan and other countries in the region is the erroneous words and deeds by the Japanese side on issues of history and others.

What should be pointed out is that the Japanese government and leader should face up to and deeply reflect on the history of aggression and make a clean break with militarism. It serves as an important political foundation for Japan to rebuild and develop relations with its neighbors in the post-war era. It is also the principle and spirit enshrined in the four political documents between China and Japan that directs the normalization of China-Japan relations. We urge the Japanese side once again to take history as the mirror and look into the future and address its wrongs with concrete actions so as to win the trust of its Asian neighbors and the international community. That is the only right way out.

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