Journal : MInistry of Foreign Affairs Press Briefing Date : Author : NA Page No. : NA

Excerpts from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying’s Regular Press Conference on December 27, 2016

Q: It is reported that China, Russia and Pakistan will hold a meeting on the Afghan issue today in Moscow. Please tell us more about this.

A: The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Special Envoy for Afghan Affairs Deng Xijun will travel to Russia for a China-Russia-Pakistan trilateral consultation on the Afghan issue on December 27. I am not sure if this is what you asked about. China consistently supports the Afghan peace reconciliation process led and owned by the Afghan people, and maintains that peace negotiation is the only way out of the Afghan issue. We stand ready to play a constructive role to this end as we always do.

Q: Further to India’s successful test of a continental ballistic missile yesterday that can reach most part of Asia and Europe, I would like to have your reaction.

A: We have noted reports on India’s test fire of Agni-V ballistic missile. The UN Security Council has explicit regulations on whether India can develop ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons. China always maintains that preserving the strategic balance and stability in South Asia is conducive to peace and prosperity of regional countries and beyond.

We also notice reports, including some from India and Japan, speculating whether India made this move to counter China. They need to ask the Indian side for their intention behind the move. On the Chinese part, China and India have reached an important consensus that the two countries are not rivals for competition but partners for cooperation as two significant developing countries and emerging economies. China is willing to work alongside regional countries including India to maintain the long-lasting peace, stability and prosperity of the region. We also hope that relevant media can report in an objective and sensible manner and do more things to contribute to the mutual trust between China and India and regional peace and stability.

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