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China's voice on Jan. 17, 2013

(People's Daily Online)

10:19, January 18, 2013

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on January 17, 2013.(Photo/ Foreign Ministry of China)

Key Words: China's voice; Foreign Ministry of China; Hong Lei

>>>>China urges Japanese efforts to improve ties

A spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry on Thursday urged Japan to make concrete efforts and take effective measures to resolve tensions over the Diaoyu Islands and improve bilateral relations.

Hong Lei made the remarks at a regular press briefing when asked about media reports of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's opinion on the two countries' relations. [Read more]

>>>>China, ROK coordinating ROK envoy's visit: FM

A Foreign Ministry spokesman said Thursday that China and the Republic of Korea (ROK) are working to coordinate with a visit by envoys of ROK President-elect Park Geun-hye. [Read more]

>>>>China calls for northern Myanmar ceasefire

A spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry here on Thursday called on parties involved in the ongoing armed conflicts in northern Myanmar to realize a ceasefire soon.

Speaking at a daily press briefing, Hong Lei confirmed a bomb was dropped inside China on Tuesday afternoon, about 500 meters from its border with Myanmar, as fighting continues between Myanmar military and the Kachin Independence Army. The bomb fortunately caused no casualties. [Read more]

>>>>China asks Malian government to protect nationals' safety

China has asked the Malian government to protect Chinese nationals living in the country, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

"The Chinese government pays great attention to the safety and legitimate rights of Chinese citizens overseas," spokesman Hong Lei said at a daily news briefing. [Read more]

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