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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on May 9, 2014

Q: Investigation results released yesterday by the ROK government show that all three drones discovered inside the ROK at the beginning of this year were from the DPRK. Reports say that these drones were made in China and that the ROK has asked the Chinese side for assistance in investigation. Has China received such kind of request and given any response?

A: I have seen relevant reports. I am not aware of the specifics. You may raise your question with authorities concerned.

Q: In accordance with the agreement reached by the Syrian government and opposition forces inside the Old City of Homs on May 7, opposition forces and those trapped in the city will be evacuated group by group under the supervision of UN personnel while humanitarian aid comes in. What is China's comment?

A: China welcomes the agreement reached by the Syrian government and opposition forces, as well as the launch of humanitarian aid. It is a positive and right step toward the implementation of Resolution 2139 of the UN Security Council. We hope that the Syrian government and the opposition will seize the opportunity to take more concrete measures on partial ceasefire, humanitarian access and other aspects, and work to realize a comprehensive ceasefire and cessation of violence and lift the Syrian people out of distress.

Q: On May 8, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights finished its deliberation on the Second Periodic Report on the Implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights submitted by China. What is China's comment on that?

A: Deliberation by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on the Second Periodic Report on the Implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights submitted by China was completed successfully on May 8. Wu Hailong, Representative to the Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva led a delegation to the deliberation, in which experts of the committee spoke highly of what China has done, approved of the policies and measures adopted by China in light of its national conditions and asked nearly 110 questions in relation to economy, society and culture. The Chinese delegation interacted with the committee in an open and practical manner and gave serious responses to each and every comment and question from experts of the committee. The Chinese side welcomes the objective and positive observations given by the committee, and will take seriously their constructive opinions and recommendations and consider translating those beneficial ones into policies and measures suited to China's national conditions.

Q: Refusal by the Norwegian government to meet with Dalai has triggered a growing interest of the Norwegian public in Dalai and "human rights issues in Tibet". Is the Chinese government shocked and disappointed that Tibet-related issues become a focus of attention in Norway?

A: We follow closely how the Norwegian side deals with Dalai's visit. China is of the view that countries should develop a mutually beneficial and cooperative relationship on the basis of equality and mutual respect. Actions in accord with the principle are worth approval. We hope the Norwegian side can respect China's core concerns, do more things that can help restore political mutual trust between the two countries and create conditions for bilateral relations to improve and develop.

Follow-up question: Is the Chinese government shocked and disappointed that Tibet-related issues attract more and more attention in Norway?

A: People are welcome to be interested in China's Tibet. We do hope that everyone can develop an objective, comprehensive and unbiased point of view on the past and present of Tibet.

Q: Russian President Vladimir Putin said the other day that Russia had withdrawn troops from the Russia-Ukraine border and pledged to try its best to defuse the crisis in Ukraine and adopt the most positive attitude toward the international endeavour for peace. Putin also called on militias in eastern Ukraine to put off the referendum scheduled for May 11. What is China's comment?

A: China welcomes the constructive efforts by all relevant parties for the resolution of the crisis in Ukraine through political means. We support all parties in carrying forward measures conducive to de-escalating the current tensions and advancing the process of politically resolving the crisis in Ukraine.

Q: Please give us more details about the 4th Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) Summit. Can the Chinese side confirm that Russian President Putin will attend the Summit?

A: Yesterday, at the Lanting Forum, Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping went into details on the 4th CICA Summit that would be held in Shanghai from May 20 to 21. You may go over relevant information.

After consulting all member states, the Summit will be held under the theme of increasing dialogue, mutual trust and collaboration to build a new Asia that is peaceful, stable and cooperative. We look forward to exploring ways to build a new framework of Asian security and cooperation at the Summit. Up to now, among those who have received invitations, nearly 40 countries and international organizations will send delegations to the Summit, and 14 heads of state and government and 9 heads of international organizations have confirmed their attendance to the Summit. This Summit will be the most heavily attended, largest and grandest gathering since the founding of CICA. China is willing to work with all member states to make the Shanghai Summit a milestone.

President Putin will attend the Summit and pay a state visit to China.

Q: Do you have anything new on the issue of Chinese fishermen being detained by the Philippine side?

A: As I said the day before, China has indisputable sovereignty over Nansha Islands and the adjacent waters, including the Banyue Reef. Chinese Coast Guard vessels arrived at the scene right after what had happened. The Chinese Foreign Ministry and the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines have lodged solemn representations with the Philippine side, asking for an immediate release of the Chinese boat and its crew.

We have noted remarks by the Philippine side over recent days. Actions taken by the Philippine side against Chinese fishermen are illegal and invalid. We urge once again the Philippine side to release unconditionally the Chinese boat and its crew, protect the safety and property of Chinese citizens and refrain from taking similar actions in the future. China will reserve the right to take further actions.

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