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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on December 24, 2013

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on December 24, 2013.

Q: It is reported that on the early morning of December 24, a car bomb attack againt a police headquarters in a city to the north of Cairo, capital of Egypt killed at least 14 and injured over a hundred. What is China's comment on that?

A: China opposes and condemns the violent terrorist attack against civilians and governmental agencies in Egypt. Meanwhile, we believe that affairs of Egypt should be independently determined by the Egyptian people. China sincerely hopes that Egypt will restore normal social order as soon as possible, steadily press ahead with an inclusive political transition and realize national stability and development at an early date.

Q: Please update us on the evacuation of Chinese citizens in South Sudan. Are they safe? What efforts has China made?

A: It is learned that some Chinese citizens in South Sudan have left safely on their own. The Chinese Embassy in South Sudan and Chinese diplomatic missions in neighboring and relevant transit countries have provided them with assistance in consultation, customs clearance, reception, accommodation and other aspects.

Given the recent tension in South Sudan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chinese Embassy in South Sudan have released safety tips, advising Chinese citizens to put off their travel plans to South Sudan and calling on those who do not need to stay in South Sudan to leave as soon as possible. The Embassy has launched the emergency mechanism, required the South Sudanese side to strengthen protection of Chinese citizens and institutions and reminded in multiple ways Chinese citizens and institutions there to take extra precautions. Up till now, there has been no report of Chinese casualties.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chinese Embassy in South Sudan will continue to closely follow the development of the situation in South Sudan and take necessary measures to ensure the safety and lawful rights and interests of Chinese citizens and institutions there.

Q: The first China-ROK Dialogue on Diplomacy and Security was held in Beijing yesterday. Please give us more details.

A: On December 23, the first China-ROK Dialogue on Diplomacy and Security at the Director-General level was held in Beijing. Luo Zhaohui, Director-General of the Asian Affairs Department of the Chinese Foreign Ministry and Park Jun-won, Director-General for Northeast Asian Affairs Bureau of the ROK Foreign Ministry co-chaired the dialogue. Diplomatic and defense officials of both sides attended the dialogue. Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin met with the ROK delegation. The two sides had in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations and international and regional issues of common interest. Both agreed to further enhance strategic communication and all-round cooperation and stay committed to maintaining regional peace, stability and development.

China-ROK Dialogue on Diplomacy and Security is held in accordance with the China-ROK Joint Statement Facing the Future which was issued last June during ROK President Park Geun-hye's visit to China. This dialogue is of great significance. The two sides have strengthened political mutual trust and deepened coordination through this dialogue. China is ready to work with the ROK side to make full use of this platform, so as to make greater contribution to peace and stability in Northeast Asia.

Hua Chunying announced at the end of the press conference:

The MFA regular press conference will be adjourned on December 25, Wednesday and resumed the next day. During the adjournment, the MFA Spokesperson's Office will take questions from the press by phone and fax.

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