Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on January 15, 2015

Q: On January 18, the new round of negotiation on a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue will be held in Geneva. Who will attend the negotiation on behalf of China and what does China expect from it?

A: The early settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue will exert important and positive influence on maintaining the international nuclear non-proliferation regime and the security situation in the Middle East. P5+1 and Iran are now expediting negotiations on a comprehensive agreement concerning the Iranian nuclear issue through bilateral and multilateral engagement. The new round of negotiation between P5+1 and Iran will be held in Geneva on January 18. Director-General Wang Qun of the Arms Control Department of China's Foreign Ministry will lead a delegation to this negotiation.

China is willing to work continuously with all parties, build on consensus reached in previous negotiations, concentrate on focal issues, follow the principle of step-by-step and reciprocity and push for a package solution so as to reach a comprehensive agreement featuring mutual benefits and win-win results at an early date.

Q:In response to the opening of the new air routes in China's southeastern coast by the Civil Aviation Administration of China, the US State Department Spokesperson Marie Harf said on January 14 that the primary focus of the US is on maintaining and enhancing international aviation safety. What is China's comment on this?

A: Recent years have seen a notable increase of flights above the western side of the Taiwan Straits, leading to congested air traffic and a higher rate of flight delay. The opening of the new air route in the Shanghai flight information zone steps up flight security level in relevant airspace, safeguards rights and interests of travelers, and also meets the need of China's civil aviation development. It is a routine work taken by China's civil aviation authority in airspace management. Back to 2007, the Civil Aviation Administration of China and the US Federal Aviation Administration have jointly completed the security assessment of the air route, and the International Civil Aviation Organization has ratified it and named it with a code number.

Q: The Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transport has renewed its bidding information about the high-speed railway project linking Mexico City to Queretaro, marking the reopening of the bidding process of this project. How does China respond to this?

A: China always supports competitive Chinese companies with good reputation in doing business overseas and cooperating with relevant countries in infrastructure including high-speed railway building. We encourage Chinese companies to participate in Mexico's high-speed railway project following the principles of mutual benefits and win-win cooperation. It is our belief that this will help promote common development of the two countries and benefit the two peoples. Meanwhile, we hope that the Mexican government can level the playing field for those bidding companies.

Q: Eric Chu is expected to become the next chairman of Kuomintang (KMT). Do you predict that he will be the next leader of Taiwan? If so, will it help tighten relations across the Straits?

A: Your question falls within the remit of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council. It is surely our hope that relations across the Straits can keep the good momentum of peace and development, which is in the common interests of people across the Straits.

Q: There are reports saying that China is cooperating with Turkey to track down terror suspects of Xinjiang. Can you confirm this? Is China seeking to enter Turkey for the arrest?

A: Xin Jiang is truly faced with terrorist threats represented by the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), which jeopardizes security and stability of China as well as the world. It is a common responsibility shared by the international community to fight terrorism, and we are willing to cooperate with relevant countries on counter-terrorism and jointly crack down on the ETIM.

Q: Does China still believe there are foreign forces behind the "Occupy Central" movement in Hong Kong? Do you have enough evidence to prove his?

A: We have been stating that Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China, and that Hong Kong affairs fall entirely within China's domestic affairs. Any foreign government, institution and individual is prohibited from intervening in Hong Kong affairs under any pretext. This position remains pretty clear.

After the press conference, the following question was raised: According to Japanese media, the Chinese side said in last year's national memorial on December 13 that 300,000 Chinese were killed in the Nanjing Massacre, and the Japanese side responded that this figure is "inappropriate" and that it is difficult to determine the concrete number of victims. What is China's response to this?

Spokesperson Hong Lei said that the Nanjing Massacre is an atrocious crime committed by Japanese militarism during its war of aggression against China. Conclusion has already been drawn based on the irrefutable evidence. Any words or deeds that attempt to reverse the verdict of history can only stain the international credit of Japan. We urge the Japanese side to correct its attitude and earnestly honor its commitment of facing up to and reflecting upon its history of aggression.