Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on October 22, 2014

At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan will pay a state visit to China from October 28 to 31.

The 11th meeting of the China-Singapore Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation, the 16th meeting of the China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park Joint Steering Committee, as well as the 7th meeting of the China-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Joint Steering Committee will be held in Suzhou on October 27. At the invitation of Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of the State Council, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean of the Republic of Singapore will visit China from October 26 to 28 and co-host aforementioned meetings with Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli.

Q: Afghan President Ghani's visit to China will be his first ever formal visit since he took office. What are China's expectations for his visit? What results do you anticipate from this visit?

A: China and Afghanistan are neighbors embracing traditional friendship. The Chinese government attaches great importance to relationship with Afghanistan, firmly adheres to a friendly policy towards Afghanistan and supports its peaceful reconstruction. China welcomes and congratulates on Afghanistan's conclusion of its presidential election and forming of a national unity government. We hope that the new Afghan government can lead the Afghan people towards peace, stability and development, and China will as always do what we can to help with the peaceful reconstruction of Afghanistan.

The visit to China will be President Ghani's first formal visit since he took office, as well as the first high-level visit between China and Afghanistan since the establishment of the Afghan new government. China pays high attention to it. Chinese leaders will have in-depth exchange of views with President Ghani on Sino-Afghan relations and issues of common interest. We hope that this visit will help deepen pragmatic cooperation between the two countries in various fields, showcase the Chinese government's support for Afghanistan's smooth transition and peaceful reconstruction and promote further development of bilateral strategic cooperative partnership.

Q: Then Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono admitted that there was "forced recruitment" of comfort women at a press conference in 1993 when he made the "Kono Statement". According to media reports, while taking questions from the Upper House's cabinet committee of on October 21, sitting Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said there were big problems about Kono's words, and the Japanese government denied the existence of "forced recruitment" and would make efforts to restore Japan's reputation and credit. Suga also reiterated that the Japanese government had no intention to amend the "Kono Statement". What is China's response to this?

A: We are deeply concerned about the remarks made by the Japanese side. Forced recruitment of comfort women is a heinous crime against humanity committed by the Japanese militarism against people in victimized Asian countries during the Second World War, allowing no repudiation in front of the iron-clad evidence. Any attempt to deny this historical crime and fact would only backfire and raise people's vigilance on Japan's moves of trying to reverse the verdict of history. We solemnly urge the Japanese side to follow to the letter its statement and commitment on facing up to and deeply reflecting upon its history of aggression.

Q: The first meeting of the China-Japan-ROK cyber security consultation mechanism was held in Beijing yesterday. Please tell us more on this meeting.

A: On October 21, the Coordinator for Cyber affairs of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, the Ambassador in Charge of Cyber Policy of the Japanese Foreign Ministry as well as the Ambassador for International Security Affairs of the ROK Foreign Ministry co-hosted the first meeting of the China-Japan-ROK cyber security consultation mechanism in Beijing. The three parties exchanged views on their respective cyber policies and relevant mechanisms and frameworks, discussed a code of conduct for responsible countries in the cyber space, confidence-building measures as well as relevant international and regional processes marshaled by the International Telecommunications Union, ASEAN Regional Forum, BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The meeting also touched upon issues such as combating cyber crimes and cyber terrorism and Internet emergency response and cooperation. Attendees briefed each other on the relevant international conferences that they will respectively host. Upon initial agreement of the three parties, the second meeting of its kind will be held in the ROK next year.

Q: It is reported that Chinese leaders met with Apple CEO Tim Cook today. Please give us more details.

A: I have nothing related to offer at the moment.

Q: China's public health authority reportedly said that over 5,000 people coming from Ebola affected areas to China have been released from medical observation for suspected symptoms. Can you give us more details on this?

A: I'd like to point you to China's National Health and Family Planning Commission for specifics and details. Given the spread of the Ebola epidemic, China has put Ebola hemorrhagic fever under the management of quarantinable communicable diseases and taken relevant prevention and control measures. We screen and treat visitors from the affected areas if they have fever or other Ebola symptoms, and collect the information of those without symptoms. No travel restriction policy has been adopted. While strengthening our own prevention and control efforts, we have intensified coordination and cooperation with other countries in the world and will deliver more assistance to affected countries to fight the disease together.