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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on October 20, 2015

2015-10-20

Q: The DPRK and the ROK are holding a new round of reunions of families separated by the 1950-1953 Korean War on October 20. What is China's comment?

A: I have noted the relevant report. We are pleased with the holding of relevant activities and welcome the positive efforts made by both sides to improve bilateral relations. As a friendly and close neighbor, the Chinese side hopes that the DPRK and the ROK can have more dialogue and contact to facilitate reconciliation and cooperation and make positive contributions to peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula.

Q: Guinean incumbent President Alpha Conde has been re-elected after gaining 57.85% of the vote in the first round of the presidential election, the country's electoral commission said on October 17. What is China's comment? How does China envision the prospect of China-Guinea relations?

A: The Chinese side welcomes and commends the steady, orderly and smooth running of the the first round of the Guinean presidential election. We congratulate President Conde on gaining the support of the majority of the people, and believe that this election will open up a new chapter for Guinea's national development and construction. Guinea is the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to establish diplomatic ties with China. The two countries have been enjoying long-term traditional friendship. The Chinese side stands ready to work with the Guinean side to move forward bilateral cooperation and friendship.

Q: Yesterday, in an interview with the South China Morning Post, Sri Lanka's Finance Minister expressed his apprehension about the burden being inflicted by loans from China and hoped to renegotiate these loans so as to lessen the impact on Sri Lanka's economy. What is your comment?

A: China and Sri Lanka are close neighbors enjoying traditional friendship. The practical cooperation between the two sides is based on equality and mutual benefit, and has contributed to the economic and social development of Sri Lanka. We hope that the two sides can deepen economic cooperation and trade on the basis of equal treatment and win-win results so as to deliver benefits to the two countries and two peoples.

Q: Do you have a comment on the election in Canada?

A: The Chinese side congratulates Mr.Trudeau on his election as the Prime Minister of Canada.

Since the establishment of diplomatic ties 45 years ago, bilateral relations have made substantial progress thanks to the concerted efforts of both sides. It is proved that a sustainable and steady development of China-Canada relations not only serves the fundamental interests of the two countries and two peoples, but also contributes to peace and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region and the world beyond.

The Chinese side sets store by China-Canada relations, and stands ready to work with the new government in Canada to follow the right direction of bilateral relations, expand dialogue, communication and cooperation in various fields on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, and move forward bilateral ties.

Q: Instead of saying that the yuan is significantly undervalued as it used to say before, the US Treasury said yesterday that the yuan is below its appropriate medium-term valuation, Do you have any comment on that?

A: I would like to refer you to competent authorities. We will continue to move steadily forward the reform of the formulation mechanism of the RMB exchange rate following relevant principles.

Q: Kyodo News reported on October 16 that it obtained the Japan-drafted resolution document on the elimination of nuclear weapons for the UN General Assembly which calls on world leaders to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki to raise their awareness about the catastrophic consequences of nukes. The report said that due to China's request to delete Japan's appeal to world leaders, the Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) held in April failed to produce an outcome document. Japan is eager to revive its appeal through the UN General Assembly. The draft resolution is expected to be submitted to the assembly's First Committee and be voted on in early November. What is China's position?

A: The 9th Review Conference of the Parties to the NPT failed to work out a consensus document, because relevant parties have deep differences on holding an international conference on establishing a region free of weapons of massive destruction in the Middle East. It is not because of the issue about whether or not to delete Japan's invitation to global leaders to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Chinese side has made its position clear. As for the nuclear disarmament resolution you mentioned, relevant parties are consulting with each other in the assembly's First Committee. It is hoped that relevant countries can face up to the history, reflect upon the past, and view the relevant issue in a comprehensive and correct manner.

Q: The Spokesperson of the Philippine Foreign Ministry made a statement on October 19, saying that the Philippine side strongly protests against China's construction and operation of lighthouses on Huayang Reef and Chigua Reef. It said that these actions are obviously intended to change actual conditions on the ground and aimed at bolstering China's territorial claim in the South China Sea. What is China's response to that?

A: We have expounded our principled position on the construction and operation of lighthouses on Huayang Reef and Chigua Reef on different occasions. I would like to stress that China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and the adjacent waters. There is no need for us to bolster sovereignty claims by building lighthouses. The construction activities on the relevant islands and reefs of the Nansha Islands are carried out fully within the range of the Chinese sovereignty. By setting up civilian facilities and facilities for public interests on its territory, the Chinese side aims to better serve the littoral countries of the South China Sea and vessels passing through these waters. There is no such a thing as "changing actual conditions".

Q: The Japanese side said that it has scrambled a record number of fighter jets to respond to possible territorial incursions by Chinese planes. What do you make of Japan's actions?

A: The activities conducted by Chinese planes in relevant waters and airspace are justified and lawful. We urge the Japanese side to halt all disruptive activities targeting China and make constructive efforts to safeguard bilateral relations and regional peace and stability.

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