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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on May 31, 2016


Q: It is reported that former DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong is in Beijing for a visit. Can you confirm that? What is the purpose of his visit?

A: I would refer you to the information released by the competent authorities.

Q: The Foreign Ministry yesterday released information on the 8th round of China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) and the 7th round of China-US High-level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE). Can you give us more information? What does China expect to achieve from the dialogue and consultation?

A: The two sides are consulting with each other on the schedule and arrangements for the dialogue and consultation. We will release relevant information in due course.

During their successful meeting in Washington on the sidelines of the nuclear security summit at the end of March, President Xi Jinping and US President Obama charted the course for the next-stage development of bilateral relations. We hope that the two sides can make concerted efforts during the dialogue and consultation, follow the spirit of the two leaders' meeting, strengthen communication and mutual trust, manage and control disputes, expand cooperation, and move forward the new type of major-country relationship between China and the US.

At 9:30 a.m., June 2, the 16th Lanting Forum will be held here, under the theme of the direction and driving force for China-US relations. Officials from the Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Education will brief you about the 8th round of S&ED and the 7th round of CPE, and take questions. We welcome your attendance at and report on the forum.

Q: The Japanese Foreign Minister said on May 31 that China protested with the Japanese side over the G7 statement which touched upon the East and South China Seas. Did China also protest with other G7 countries?

A: We have expounded our position on the G7 Summit in full. We oppose the G7 summit's behavior of playing up relevant maritime issues and creating regional tension. China's economy sustains a medium-to-high speed growth. Its contribution to the world economic recovery is recognized by all. We hope that G7 members, including Japan, can approach relevant issues in an objective and unbiased way and stop issuing irresponsible remarks.

Q: Yesterday, a Chinese engineer was injured in a terrorist attack in southern Pakistan. How do you respond?

A: One Chinese citizen was slightly wounded in the recent bomb attack in Karachi, Pakistan. He has returned to his residence safely after receiving treatment in the hospital.

Attaching high importance to this incident, the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan and Consulate-General in Karachi instantly lodged representations with the Pakistani side, asking them to get to the bottom of this incident and take concrete measures to protect Chinese institutions and personnel. They also advised local Chinese to heighten their security alert. The Pakistani side is working on the investigation.

Q: It is reported that China will support civil groups of the countries victimized by the enforced recruitment of "comfort women" in their joint campaign to get documents related to the "comfort women" listed on UNESCO's Memory of the World Register. Can you confirm and talk about China's position on the relevant issue?

A: The enforced recruitment of "comfort women" is a severe crime committed by the Japanese militarism during the Second World War. We should enlist relevant "comfort women" archives on the Memory of the World Register so that people of all countries can know the cruelty of the aggressive war, remember history, cherish peace and safeguard human dignity.

It is learnt that civil groups of the countries and regions victimized by the enforced recruitment of "comfort women" are considering submitting a joint motion. We express our support to that.

Q: The ROK Defense Ministry said today that the DPRK conducted another missile test, but failed. What is your comment?

A: The Security Council resolutions have clear stipulations on the issue of DPRK ballistic missiles. Given the current complex and sensitive situation on the Korean Peninsula, all parties shall refrain from taking further actions that may escalate tension and jointly safeguard regional peace and stability.

Q: Ri Su-yong, Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, has started his visit to China. What is China's expectation for China-DPRK relations?

A: You can check on the relevant information released by the competent authorities.

Our position on China-DPRK relations is consistent. As important neighbors to each other, we hope to develop normal, friendly and cooperative relations with the DPRK.

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