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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on December 23, 2013

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on December 23, 2013.

Q: UN-AL Joint Special Representative on the Syrian Issue Lakhdar Brahimi reportedly released the initial list of countries invited to the Geneva II Conference. What is China's expectation for the conference?

A: China hopes that specific arrangements for the Geneva II Conference will be made as soon as possible and supports the participation of relevant countries in the region. We expect the Geneva II Conference to be held as scheduled and yield positive outcomes, so as to genuinely start the process for a political settlement at an early date and bring peace and tranquility to the Syrian people.

Q: Late last month, Pakistan began building a new nuclear power plant near the port of Karachi with China's assistance. Can you confirm that China provided a loan for the project? Whether or not will China continue to help Pakistan with such nuclear power projects? Why does China assist Pakistan with such projects?

A: You may refer your specific question to the relevant company. China and Pakistan have been engaged in cooperation in civil nuclear energy over recent years. Relevant cooperation, which is totally for peaceful purposes, meets their respective international obligations and is subject to the safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Relevant cooperation between China and Pakistan helps alleviate power shortage in Pakistan and serves the interests of local people. China will continue to help Pakistan tackle the shortage of power as its capacity allows.

I also want to point out that China takes issues concerning the peaceful use of nuclear energy seriously. Under the precondition of nuclear non-proliferation, we carry out active cooperation and communication with relevant countries and the IAEA in the peaceful use of nuclear energy and provide assistance for other developing countries in developing nuclear energy.

Q: A burglary at a Chinese businessmen's apartment in Ekaterinburg, Russia on December 21 caused the death of one Chinese citizen and injury of another. Please brief us on the investigation into the case and the work done by China.

A: This is an individual criminal case. Paying high attention to the case, the Chinese Consulate General in Ekaterinburg immediately sent consular officials to the crime scene upon learning the case to help the Chinese businessmen report the case to the local security authorities. They lodged representations with the Russian side, calling on them to clear up the case as soon as possible, bring the perpetrators to justice and take effective measures to ensure the safety and lawful rights and interests of Chinese citizens in Russia. The Consulate General also posted a message in a timely fashion to remind Chinese citizens in Russia to raise security awareness and take extra precautions. The Chinese citizen injured in the case has been discharged from hospital. The Russian police is investigating the case.

The Center for Consular Protection and Assistance of the Chinese Foreign Ministry and the Chinese Consulate General in Ekaterinburg will continue to follow the development of the case and provide assistance in dealing with matters concerning the death of the Chinese citizen.

Q: In order to reduce tensions in South Sudan, the African Union and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) have sent a joint mediation mission to South Sudan. Some countries have also sent special envoys there. What has China done?

A: China pays high attention to the development of the situation in South Sudan and is making positive efforts in its own way to promote peace talks. We are in close communication with South Sudan and its neighbors as well as the African Union and other regional organizations. We are ready to work together with all relevant parties to engage the two conflicting parties in dialogue and negotiation to address their differences and bring stability back to South Sudan as soon as possible.

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