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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on May 3, 2016


Q: The suspected bodies of two US climbers who went missing 16 years ago in Tibet were discovered. Has the Chinese side talked to their families? Will China provide convenience for them to come to China to identify the bodies and return the bodies back to the US?

A: We have noted the report. Relevant specifics are being verified.

Q: It is reported that recently ceasefire in some parts of Syria has been violated and the situation there is worsening. How do you view the current situation in Syria?

A: China is concerned about the recent flaring tension in some parts of Syria and consequential casualties. Implementing ceasefire in Syria is a prerequisite for its political process and peace talks. It is hoped that relevant parties in Syria would set store by the hard-won ceasefire, and work continuously to create a favorable environment for the political process of Syrian.

Peaceful settlement is the only practical way out of the Syrian issue. Despite inevitable difficulties and setbacks that might get in the way, this is the only solution that serves the fundamental interests of the Syrian people and contributes to regional long-term stability. The success of this hinges on confidence of the international community, patience of relevant parties as well as sincerity of negotiating parties. China supports the mediation efforts by Staffan de Mistura, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Syria, and stands ready to work with relevant parties to resume the Syrian peace talks in Geneva and move forward the political settlement of the Syrian issue at an early date.

Q: Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida paid an official visit to China, the first of its kind in four and a half years by a Japanese foreign minister. How do you see his visit?

A: There are signs of improvement for Sino-Japanese relations at the moment, yet bilateral relations are still vulnerable and complex. We hope the Japanese side would meet China half-way, act upon the four political documents and four-point principled consensus between China and Japan, and make tangible efforts to improve and develop bilateral relations.

Q: How do you comment on the recent "election" held by the "Tibetan government in exile"?

A: The so-called "government in exile" is completely illegal, not recognized by a single country in the world. The "election" is nothing but a farce staged by this organization.

Q: Yesterday, the Washington Post carried an article written by US President Barack Obama, saying that the United States has pushed to develop a high-standard Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade deal that makes sure the US, not countries like China, writes the rules of the road for trade in the 21st century. What is your comment?

A: The US seems to have a big ambition but a narrow vision. It is China's stance that world trade rules should be jointly written by all countries, instead of being dictated by any single country. China stays open to TPP. We believe that TPP and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) should reinforce each other and serve the shared goal of setting up a free trade area in the Asia-Pacific.

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