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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on September 11, 2015

2015-09-11

At the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of the Islamic Republic of Iran will pay an official visit to China on September 15.

We hope to have an exchange of views with the Iranian side on deepening China-Iran relations and enhancing all-round cooperation under the new circumstances and discuss the implementation of the comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue as well as international and regional issues of common interest, in a bid to further advance China-Iran relations.

Q: You said yesterday that the Chinese side was verifying information about the Chinese hostage held by the Islamic State group. Can you give us any update on that?

A: Preliminary information shows that one of the two hostages as relevant media revealed matches the characteristics of a Chinese citizen who has gone missing overseas.

Upon learning that, competent authorities of the Chinese government have launched an emergency response mechanism.

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

Q: Police from Bangladesh reportedly said that the main suspect of the bombing in Bangkok fled the city before the attack took place. Can you confirm that and give us more details?

A: I have no information about what you said. The case is still under investigation. The Chinese and Thai sides are in communication.

Q: Has the Chinese side been requested by any foreign country to accept refugees from Syria and Iraq?

A: The Chinese side has taken note of the recent refugee issue as well as measures taken by relevant EU countries. It is the joint wish of the international community to solve the humanitarian crisis, the fundamental solution to which lies in regional development and stability. We believe that the EU and relevant countries are able to rise to the critical challenge, properly deal with related issues and safeguard regional stability with concerted efforts. The Chinese side is willing to communicate and coordinate with the EU and its member states on the refugee issue through international and bilateral channels.

Q: Director of US National Intelligence James Clapper said on September 10 that the US must beef up cyber security against Chinese cyber espionage targeting a broad spectrum of US interests. What is China's comment on that?

A: The Chinese government firmly opposes and cracks down on all forms of hacking activities in accordance with the law. China also falls victim to cyber attacks. As two major users of internet, China and the US have a wide range of shared interests in the field of cyber security, and face common challenges. The issue of cyber security shall become one area of cooperation rather than a source of friction between China and the US. Some people from the US should stop their unfounded accusations against the Chinese side and carry out dialogue and cooperation based on mutual respect and trust so as to jointly create a peaceful, secure, open and cooperative cyberspace.

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