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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on November 19, 2015

2015-11-19

Q: Do you have any details on the Chinese hostage Fan Jinghui who was killed by the Islamic State?

A: The Chinese hostage Fan Jinghui kidnapped and killed by the Islamic State extremist group was from Beijing. We express our deep condolences to him and sincere sympathy to his family.

The Chinese government and people have been very concerned about Fan Jinghui’s safety since he was kidnapped. Relevant departments of the Chinese government activated emergency response mechanism upon learning the kidnapping and made all-out efforts to rescue him. However, with no regard for human conscience and moral bottom line, the terrorist organization still cruelly killed Fan Jinghui. The Chinese government strongly condemns this inhuman action and will definitely hold the perpetrators accountable.

Terrorism is the common enemy faced by all humanity. The Chinese government opposes all forms of terrorism and firmly cracks down on any violent and terrorist crime that challenges the baseline of human civilization. The Chinese side will continue to enhance counter-terrorism cooperation with the international community and safeguard world peace and tranquility.

Q: Chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi of the National League for Democracy (NLD) of Myanmar said in an interview on November 17 that Myanmar will continue to adopt a friendly foreign policy with all countries including China and place more emphasis on relations with its neighbors. What is your comment?

A: China and Myanmar are friendly neighbors. It serves the fundamental interests of the two countries and peoples to consolidate traditional Pauk-paw friendship and strengthen practical cooperation in various fields. The Chinese side will adhere to our friendly policy towards Myanmar, engage in active exchanges with all friendly parties in Myanmar including the NLD, and move forward bilateral amicable relationship so as to deliver more benefits to the two peoples.

Q: Some people think that the current international counter-terrorism measures need to be changed, as sending troops and launching joint actions haven’t worked out well. It is time to review how to deal with this issue. Do you think there is a need for the international community to have an overall review of the counter-terrorism measures?

A: The Chinese side always believes that when combating terrorism, we should address both the symptoms and the root causes and let the UN fulfill its coordinating role. Double standards should be abandoned and terrorism should not be linked with any specific religion or ethnicity. All countries should forge synergy in fighting against terrorism.

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