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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on September 9, 2015

2015-09-09

The 2015 China-Arab States Expo will be held in Yinchuan, Ningxia from September 10 to 13. State Councilor Guo Shengkun will attend the opening ceremony on September 10.

Q: The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China issued a report on September 8, warning of China's loss of momentum in its market reforms in some areas. What is China's comment on that?

A: Reform and opening up is the basic state policy of China. China will forge ahead with reform and opening up in strict accordance with the decision of the third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee. China will tap the potential of reform in promoting economic growth, pursue growth through reform, press ahead with structural adjustment and stabilize the economic growth rate at around 7%. China is proceeding with a new round of high-level opening up to the outside world, and its door will open even wider. The Chinese government will take more measures in market access, financial services, protection of intellectual property rights and other areas, treat Chinese and foreign companies as equals and create a level playing field.

The EU is China's comprehensive strategic partner and the largest trading partner. We have full confidence in stronger China-EU business ties in the process of China's reform and opening up.

Q: There was a violent attack against police in Tajikistan the other day. What is China's comment on that?

A: The Chinese side follows closely the recent violent attack against Tajik police. As a friendly neighbor and strategic partner, the Chinese side supports measures taken by the government of Tajikistan to safeguard national security and stability, and stands ready to take forward security cooperation with Tajikistan so as to uphold peace and tranquility of the two countries and the whole region.

Q: Reports say that China is organizing a technology forum in Seattle as part of President Xi Jinping's visit to the US. That will involve participation of American technology companies. Can you confirm that and provide more details?

A: The Chinese and US sides are working closely to prepare for President Xi Jinping's upcoming state visit to the US. We will give a detailed briefing about the visit in the coming days.

Q: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was re-elected as President of the Liberal Democratic Party. What is China's comment on that?

A: We have noted the relevant report.

The steady and sound growth of China-Japan relations serves the fundamental interests of the two countries and two peoples. The Chinese side stands for the development of China-Japan relations based on the four political documents and in the spirit of regarding history as the mirror and looking to the future. We hope that the Japanese side will work together with the Chinese side to properly address issues in bilateral relations, and make concrete efforts for the improvement and development of bilateral relations. It is also hoped that Japan will stay on the path of peaceful development and play a constructive role in promoting regional peace, stability and development.

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