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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on December 28, 2016

2016-12-28

Q: It is reported that the UK and France have drafted a resolution on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. How does China stand on this draft resolution?

A: China holds a consistent and clear position on chemical weapons. We oppose the use of chemical weapons by anyone for any reason under any circumstances. The UN Security Council is discussing the UK-France proposed draft resolution on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. I want to underscore that any move taken by the Security Council on the Syrian issue must contribute to the political settlement of the Syrian issue and solidarity of the Security Council. Considering the current situation, the international community should make extra and targeted efforts and play a positive and constructive role in politically resolving the Syrian issue.

Q: Senior officials from China and Pakistan will meet tomorrow in Beijing to discuss projects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Can you give us more details?

A: I have no details to offer to you about this meeting between China and Pakistan. Regarding the CPEC, we have stated our position on many occasions. The CPEC is a cooperation framework set up by the two countries for the future development of China-Pakistan relations as part of the Belt and Road Initiative. It is not only beneficial to the economic and social development of China and Pakistan but also conducive to regional connectivity and economic and trade cooperation. The CPEC has drawn massive support from all sectors in Pakistan. We would like to work with the Pakistani side to press ahead with the development of the CPEC.

Q: Interchange Association Japan, a non-governmental institution responsible for exchanges with Taiwan, will change its name to Japan-Taiwan Exchange Associationfrom January 1. Do you have any comment?

A: China holds a consistent and clear position on the Taiwan question. We are firmly against any attempt to create “two Chinas”, or “one China, one Taiwan”, and are strongly discontent with Japan’s negative moves concerning the Taiwan question. China urges Japan to abide by principles enshrined in the China-Japan joint statement and its commitment to China, stick to the one-China principle, properly deal with Taiwan-related issues, and refrain from sending wrong signals to the Taiwan administration and the international community or causing new disruptions to China-Japan relations.

Q: Three Chinese citizens were prosecuted in the US on charges of hacking and inside trading. How does China respond?

A: I don’t know about this case.

Q:Today Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the Pearl Harbor with US President Barack Obama and delivered a speech. Although stopping short of offering an apology, Abe highlighted the importance of reconciliation in his speech. How do you see this?

A: I have noted the reports. It makes a point that reports and commentaries carried by the western media like the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal label this trip as“smart”, not “sincere”.

I must point out that what Japan waged against China and other Asian neighbors was a war of aggression. Reconciliation between the inflicters and victims must and can only be based upon sincere reflection and apology from the inflicters, the only way that a genuine and lasting reconciliation can be realized. To the victimized countries in Asia, it is more in the interest of the future to make one sincere apology than to put on dozens of smart shows.

After the press conference, the following question was asked: Japanese Minister for Reconstruction Masahiro Imamura visited the Yasukuni Shrine this afternoon. Whats your comment?

A: China is firmly against any visit by Japanese cabinet members to the Yasukuni Shrine which worships Class A criminals in the Second World War and whitewashes the war of aggression. We once again urge the Japanese side to look squarely at and deeply reflect upon the past history of aggression, take a responsible attitude to properly handle relevant issues, and make tangible moves to win the trust of its Asian neighbors and the world.

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