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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on January 15, 2016


Q: A series of blasts and shootings rocked Jakarta, capital of Indonesia. The international community condemned this terrorist attack and called for a united effort to erase terrorism. What is your comment? Will China cooperate with other countries to combat terrorism?

A: The Chinese side condemns the terrorist attack in Jakarta, Indonesia and firmly opposes all violent and terrorist acts targeting innocent civilians. Terrorism is the common enemy of all mankind. The Chinese side stands ready to work with the international community including the Indonesian side to jointly fight against terrorism and safeguard international and regional peace and stability.

The Chinese Embassy in Indonesia has activated the emergency response mechanism, warning Chinese citizens in Indonesia to pay attention to their safety, reduce outdoor activities, and stay away from crowded places like shopping centers. In case of emergency, they should contact the police and China's diplomatic missions in Indonesia as soon as possible.

Q: Citing an official from China's Defense Ministry, media reports from the ROK said that as DPRK's nuclear test violated previous resolutions of the UN Security Council, China would take part in the new UN resolution against the DPRK. Does this mean that China will support new sanctions against the DPRK?

A: China supports the UN Security Council in reacting to DPRK's nuclear test. The relevant resolution should focus on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, prevention of nuclear proliferation as well as peace and stability of Northeast Asia.

Q: The UN Special Envoy for Syria said that Syria peace talks are planned to start in Geneva on January 25. What is China's comment?

A: The Syrian issue must be resolved politically. China supports all parties in Syria in holding peace talks as scheduled under the auspices of the UN. All sides should continue to support the mediation efforts made by the UN Special Envoy for Syria and work on the two sides in Syria so as to ensure positive results from the peace talks. The Chinese side will continue to promote the peace talks and play a constructive role.

Q: Taiwan will hold the election on January 16. How will China handle the cross-Straits relations?

A: The spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council has already made our position clear regarding the election and the cross-Straits relations. I want to stress that we stick to the one-China principle, oppose "Taiwan independence", "two Chinas", "one China, one Taiwan". This policy remains unchanged and will not change regardless of what happens in Taiwan.

Q: US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said that higher tariffs should be laid on Chinese goods if China does not stop engaging in practices to devalue the currency. What is your comment?

A: China follows a managed floating exchange rate regime based on market supply and demand with reference to a basket of currencies. Steady progress has been made in reforming and opening up the financial market and promoting the reform of the formation mechanism of the RMB exchange rate. We oppose competitive devaluation of currencies as well as currency wars. While promoting relevant reforms, the Chinese side will keep RMB exchange rate basically stable at an adaptive and equilibrium level.

Q: China and Egypt will celebrate the opening of the China-Egypt Cultural Year this month in Egypt and hold an artistic performance. Can you give more details?

A: China-Egypt relations have achieved major progress in recent years. Cooperation and exchanges in the fields of politics, economy, culture and people-to-people exchanges are thriving. We support the two sides in reinforcing cultural and people-to-people exchanges to bolster public support for China-Egypt friendship.

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