|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on March 28, 2016|
Q: On March 27, a bomb blast in a park in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore killed at least 69 people and wounded more than 300, many of them women and children. What is your comment?
A: We are greatly shocked and saddened by this terrorist attack in Lahore, Pakistan which has caused major casualties. China condemns in the strongest terms such extremely appalling terrorist act, expresses deep condolences to the victims and sincere sympathies to the injured and the bereaved families. At this moment of difficulty, we stand with the Pakistani people and will continue to support the unyielding efforts made by the Pakistani government and people in combating terrorism, upholding national stability and safeguarding people’s safety.
Q: Japan switched on a radar station on the island of Yonaguni close to Diaoyu Dao. Do you think this move is aimed at China?
A: China’s position on Diaoyu Dao and the East China Sea issues is clear and consistent. We are determined in safeguarding our sovereignty over Diaoyu Dao. We hope that Japan can take more actions that benefit regional peace and stability, instead of the opposite.
Q: The Japanese government will start to implement the new security bill starting from tomorrow. China has voiced concerns about this many times. What specifically is China worried about? After the new security bill comes into force, will the Chinese government adjust its policy towards Japan?
A: Due to history reasons, Japan’s Asian neighbors and the international community have been expressing concerns over this issue. Regarding Japan’s policies and moves in military and security fields, we hope that Japan could learn from history, stick to the path of peaceful development, act with prudence on military and security policies, and take more actions that enhance mutual trust with its Asian neighbors and benefit regional peace and stability.
Q: What measures is the Chinese government taking to crack down on global money laundering networks that run through China? Associated Press reported today that China is emerging as a global hub for money laundering. What is your comment?
A: The Chinese government attaches high importance to cracking down on money laundering which is a severe criminal offense. The Chinese government signed, approved and has been following international conventions and resolutions adopted by the UN on curbing money laundering and the financing of terrorism. We are engaging in international cooperation in this field. Our stance and position on this issue is steadfast. China has never been, is not, and will never become a global hub for money laundering.
Q: The China-Indonesia joint venture recently started building the first 5km of Indonesia’s Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway. The project has made important progress. Besides, the Thai side also said that it would purchase trains from China and use China’s railway technology and signal systems when building the Bangkok-Nakhon Ratchasima railway. How does China envision the development of railway cooperation with these two countries?
A: China and Indonesia will cooperate to build the Jakarta-Bandung railway project, which is an important consensus between the two countries reached on the basis of mutual benefit and win-win cooperation. It is the same case with the China-Thailand railway project. Relevant departments of the two sides have been in close communication on the smooth implementation of the aforementioned projects. It is hoped that the two sides can maintain their close collaboration and ensure that the projects can be carried out well, deliver economic and social benefits at an early date, promote economic development and personnel exchanges of countries along the rail routes, enhance regional connectivity, and bring benefits to regional people.
Q: US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said to media that he is open to the idea of both Japan and South Korea developing their own nuclear deterrents and would like to withdraw US troops from their soil if he were to be elected as the president. What is your comment?
A: We have noted relevant reports and that it is just a hypothetical statement.