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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on September 10, 2015


Vice Premier Liu Yandong of the State Council will co-host the third round of China-EU High-level People-to-People Dialogue with European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics at the EU headquarters and the third China-UK High-level People-to-People Dialogue with UK Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt in the UK from September 14 to 20.

Q: Thai police said that the mastermind of the bombing in Bangkok fled to Bangladesh the day before the attack. What communication has the Chinese government had with the Thai government on this case?

A: The Chinese side follows the investigation into the case and stays in close communication with the Thai side. I want to stress that whoever committed crimes and wherever he did so, he should be held accountable by law. The Chinese side will continue to enhance law enforcement and security cooperation with the relevant party.

Q: The Islamic State group claimed to be holding a Chinese hostage. Can you confirm that?

A: We have noted the relevant report. The Chinese side is verifying the information.

The Chinese side reiterates its firm opposition to any violence against innocent civilians.

Q: The Pew Research Center released the result of a poll on September 9 which showed that some Americans' view of China is not that favorable. What is China's comment on that?

A: The overall China-US relationship is stable. The two sides are making joint efforts to build a new type of major-country relationship in accordance with the important consensus reached by leaders of the two countries. It is only natural that the two sides do not see eye to eye on some issues, due to differences in history, culture, social systems and development stages. However, the shared interests between China and the US far outweigh differences, and dialogue and cooperation remain the mainstream of the bilateral relationship. China follows a path of peaceful development. The development of China means significant opportunities to the US, and mutual benefit characterizes China-US business ties. We are ready to step up communication between the two peoples, promote mutual understanding and trust and build up public support for the development of China-US relations.

Q: On the eve of the third anniversary of Japanese government's "nationalization" of Diaoyu Dao, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said today it is regrettable that China keeps entering Japan's territorial sea, expressing Japan's readiness to safeguard territorial sovereignty. What is China's comment on that?

A: Diaoyu Dao and its affiliated islands are China's inherent territory. The Chinese side resolutely safeguards its sovereignty over Diaoyu Dao. The Chinese government is firmly resolved and determined to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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