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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on March 13, 2017

Q: The Key Resolve joint military exercises by the ROK and the United States starts today. How does the Chinese side comment?

A: We have taken note of  the relevant report and are following the developments of situation on the Korean Peninsula. We always believe that to uphold peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia is in line with the common interests of all relevant sides and is the shared responsibility of all. Given the highly sensitive and complex situation on the Korean Peninsula currently, we hope relevant sides will do more things that help to ease the tensions in the region and promote regional peace and stability, instead of the opposite.

Last week at his press conference during the two sessions, Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the proposal of suspension-for-suspension and dual-track approach on resolving the Korean Peninsula issue. Suspension-for-suspension aims at bringing down current tensions on the Korean Peninsula and finding a breakthrough for the resumption of dialogue and consultation. The dual-track approach aims at advancing denuclearization process and achieving enduring peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. We believe such a proposal, reflecting the realities of the Korean Peninsula issue, targeting at the crux of current problems, accommodating the most pressing concerns of all sides and dovetailing the DPRK-related UN Security Council resolutions, is an objective, impartial, reasonable and viable plan. We hope all relevant sides will aim for the overarching goal of upholding peace and stability and realizing denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, take a close look at China's proposal and make constructive response.

Q: Are there any more details of the Saudi King's visit, including who he will meet or any other things on the schedule?

A: At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, King Salman of Saudi Arabia will pay a state visit to China from March 15 to 18. During the visit, President Xi Jinping will hold talks with King Salman, and Premier Li Keqiang and NPC Chairman Zhang Dejiang will meet with King Salman respectively. Leaders of the two countries will exchange views on China-Saudi Arabia relations and other issues of shared interest.

In January 2016, during President Xi Jinping's state visit to Saudi Arabia, the two countries established a comprehensive strategic partnership, injecting new impetus into the China-Saudi Arabia relations in the new era. The China-Saudi Arabia high-level joint committee, co-headed by Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed, held its inaugural meeting last August in Beijing. China attaches great importance to the friendship and cooperation with Saudi Arabia. We stand ready to take King Salman's visit as an opportunity to take China-Saudi Arabia comprehensive strategic partnership to a higher level.

Q: It is reported that the DPRK is preparing for the sixth nuclear test, the scale of which is expected to be over ten times larger than the last one. Does China know about relevant nuclear test plan of the DPRK? How do you comment on that?

A: We have taken note of the relevant report. China's opposition against nuclear tests by the DPRK is consistent and clear-cut. Given the highly sensitive and complex situation on the Korean Peninsula, it is inadvisable to take any moves that may worsen the tensions. We hope all relevant parties can exercise calm and restraint, perform their due responsibilities and refrain from taking further provocative and escalatory moves.

Q: First, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gave an interview to Phoenix TV where he said that Syrian and Chinese intelligence have been working together to combat Uyghur militants. Can you confirm that? What is the extent of China's cooperation with Syria? What cooperation does China intend to have with Syria going forward on combating militants? Second, the Vietnamese Foreign Minister said today that they would like China to stop sending cruise ships to Xisha Islands. What is China's comment on that? Third, could you please give us an update on the conflict in Northern Myanmar? How many Myanmar citizens are currently being housed in Yunnan? Have you any more information about the Chinese man that was killed in Myanmar?

A: On your first question, I have seen relevant report but am unaware of relevant information. As a principle, I can tell you that China is always opposed to all forms of terrorism and stands ready to strengthen cooperation with all relevant sides, including Syria, to combat cross-border activities by East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) forces and jointly uphold security and stability of our respective countries and regions.

On your second question, as I have not yet read the relevant report, further confirmation needs to be done. But one thing is for sure. The Xisha Islands are Chinese territories.

On your third question regarding conflicts in northern Myanmar, as my colleague has already briefed you over relevant situation last week, I do not have any extra information to offer. You mentioned the report about the death of a Chinese volunteer teacher in the conflicts in Kokang, we are still verifying this information. What I wish to point out is that China is highly concerned about the casualties of Chinese personnel as a result of conflicts in northern Myanmar and has lodged stern representations with the Myanmar side. China strongly urges all sides of the conflicts in northern Myanmar to immediately stop fighting, restore the normal order to the border areas as quickly as possible, and earnestly uphold the safety and lawful rights and interests of Chinese citizens and institutions in Myanmar. Given the current situation, the Chinese Foreign Ministry and Consulate-General in Mandalay have advised Chinese citizens not to travel to the conflict areas in northern Myanmar in the near future and the Chinese citizens who are already there to leave as early as possible.

Q: It is reported that Chile will hold the High-level Dialogue on Integration Initiatives in the Asia-Pacific Region soon. Who will China send to attend, and what expectations does the Chinese side have for this meeting?

A: At the invitation of Chile, rotating Pre