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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Regular Press Conference on October 29, 2015

2015-10-29

At the invitation of General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam and President Truong Tan Sang of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee and President of China, will pay a state visit to Vietnam form November 5 to 6.

At the invitation of President Tony Tan Keng Yam of the Republic of Singapore, President Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to Singapore from November 6 to 7.

Q: Vice-chair of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) Bidhya Bhandari was elected as the new president of Nepal on October 28. What is China's comment on that?

A: The Chinese side sincerely congratulates Madame Bhandari on her election as Nepal's president. It is hoped that people of Nepal would work in unison under the leadership of Madame President and the Nepali government to make Nepal a peaceful, stable and prosperous nation.

China and Nepal are friendly neighbors. The Chinese side supports Nepal's efforts to safeguard national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and will continue to do all it can to help with Nepal's development.

Q: The Nepali media reported that China and Nepal signed an agreement on the provision of fuel on October 28. Can you give us more details on the agreement? Will the Chinese side continue with its fuel assistance to Nepal?

A: At the request of the Nepali side, the Chinese government has decided to provide a certain amount of fuel as emergency assistance to Nepal, so as to help the Nepali side alleviate problems caused by fuel shortage. A working group from Nepal was in China for discussions on trade in oil products with the relevant Chinese counterpart.

Q: Will China support India's accession to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG)?

A: This issue has been repeatedly discussed by the NSG. The NSG is part and parcel of the international nuclear non-proliferation regime which is built upon the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. We approve of extensive discussions within the NSG following the spirit of international nuclear non-proliferation.

Q: First, the US calls on its allies to carry out joint or solo patrols around the artificial islands of the Nansha Islands. What is China's comment on that? Second, Australia is considering taking part in the South China Sea patrol. What is China's comment on that?

A: First, there is a mistake in what you have just said. There is no such thing as artificial islands of the Nansha Islands. This is what we have been saying all the time.

Over the past several days, the Chinese side has stated time and again our solemn position on the issue of patrol. I would like to stress once again that countries in the region including China all cherish peace, stability and security of the region, as it is an important guarantee for common prosperity and development of regional countries. We hope that other countries, especially those outside the region would not create troubles.

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