Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang held a press conference on January 22, 2014.
Q: Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga labelled Ahn Jung-geun as a "terrorist". He also said that the establishment of the Ahn Jung-geun Memorial Hall in Harbin is "a tribute to the terrorist". What is China's comment?
A: Ahn Jung-geun is, in history, an upholder of justice who fought against Japan's aggression. If Ahn Jung-geun were a "terrorist", what about the 14 Class-A war criminals of WWII honored in the Yasukuni Shrine? If the establishment of the Ahn Jung-geun Memorial Hall were "a tribute to the terrorist", what about the Japanese leader's visit to the Yasukuni Shrine where Class-A war criminals are enshrined?
Q: Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Surapong Tovichakchaikul announced on January 21 that a 60-day state of emergency would be launched in Bangkok and surrounding areas from January 22 in response to anti-government demonstrations. What is China's comment on the current situation in Thailand?
A: As a close neighbor of Thailand, China has been following closely the development of the situation in Thailand. China calls on all parties concerned there to properly resolve relevant issues through dialogue and consultation with national interest and people's well-being in mind and restore national stability and order at an early date.
Q: Please give us more details about visits by US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel.
A: US Deputy Secretary of State Burns is in China for a visit. Zhang Yesui, Executive Vice Foreign Minister of China held talks with him today. They exchanged views on China-US relations as well as international and regional issues of common interest. I have not got any specifics about the talks at the moment. If there is any information, we will release it in a timely fashion.
US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Russel has also arrived in China. This morning, Assistant Chinese Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang held the fifth China-US Consultation on Asia-Pacific Affairs with him. The two sides exchanged views on the situation in the Asia Pacific, respective Asia-Pacific policies as well as regional issues of common interest.
The beginning of the new year has seen Mr. Russel and Mr. Burns coming one after another to China. It fully reflects the importance attached by the two countries to the development of bilateral relations as well as to the communication and coordination on major international and regional issues. We wish their visits a success and a good start to the sound and steady development of China-US relations of this year.