On the afternoon of April 15, 2010, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu held a regular press conference and answered questions.
Jiang Yu: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I have no announcement to make. The floor is open.
Q: President Hu Jintao is on a visit to Latin America, and Premier Wen Jiabao will leave for Southeast Asia next week. I just wonder if they may change their visiting plans because of the Qinghai earthquake?
A: I don't have any information on this yet. Should there be any changes, we'll keep you updated.
Q: How many countries have offered assistance so far?
A: The Yushu Autonomous Prefecture of Qinghai Province has received a lot of sympathy and consolation after it was hit by the earthquake. Dozens of countries and international organizations have extended their condolences. Some countries offered relief assistance to the Chinese Government and people. We welcome and appreciate their support.
At 4:00 pm this afternoon, there will be a press conference at the State Council Information Office where officials from China Earthquake Administration and Ministry of Civil Affairs will brief the press about the earthquake disaster and relief efforts.
Q: About the ship "Shen Neng 1" that grounded on the Great Barrier Reef, two crew members have been arrested by Australian police and will go on trial. Do you have any comment?
A: China and Australia have stayed in communication on the issue. We have been following the case closely and hope the Australian side could handle it fairly and ensure the legitimate rights and interests of the Chinese citizens involved. We hope the China-Australia Consular Agreement could be observed in the process.
Q: On April 8, Sri Lanka held its 14th Parliamentary election. The ruling party, People's Freedom Alliance has won over half the seats according to the preliminary results and thus claimed victory. Could you comment?
A: We congratulate Sri Lanka on its successful parliamentary election. As a friendly neighbor, China will continue to develop friendly relations of cooperation with Sri Lanka on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Existence, and support the efforts of the Sri Lankan Government and people to safeguard national stability and development.
Q: Indian Prime Minister Singh and President Hu Jintao are scheduled to meet during the BRIC summit. Please give us more details about their meeting.
A: President Hu Jintao is now in Brazil. He is scheduled to attend the BRIC summit and have bilateral meetings on the sidelines. But I don't have any updates. Information on President Hu's itinerary will be released by the Chinese delegation in due course.
If there are no more questions, thank you for coming.