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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Remarks on August 15, 2019

Q: On August 14, US President Trump said in his tweets that "Of course China wants to make a deal. Let them work humanely with Hong Kong first." He also suggested a possible meeting with the Chinese leader. I wonder what is China's comment?

A: Hong Kong affairs are entirely China's internal affairs. As we noted, President Trump also said previously that "Hong Kong is a part of China. They'll have to deal with that themselves. They don't need advice." We hope the US side will keep its word.

China holds a consistent and clear position on China-US trade talks. We hope the US can work in concert with China to implement the two Presidents' consensus that was reached in Osaka, and to work out a mutually acceptable solution through equal-footed dialogue and consultation with mutual respect.

Regarding high-level communication, the Chinese and US Presidents have remained in contact with each other via meetings, phone calls and letters.

Q: As today marks the anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a cash offering to Yasukuni Shrine and some cabinet and parliament members paid tribute to it. Does the Chinese side have any comment?

A: We note the negative move relating to Yasukuni Shrine from the Japanese side. This again reflects the erroneous attitude of some senior Japanese politicians toward history. We urge the Japanese side to earnestly honor its commitment and take real actions to win back the trust from its Asian neighbors and beyond.

Q: According to media reports, the US Department of Commerce added four enterprises including China General Nuclear Power Corporation to the department's Entity List. I wonder what is China's comment?

A: As China noted, the US Department of Commerce added China General Nuclear Power Corporation and its three subsidiaries to the department's Entity List on August 13. By doing so, the US has abused the concept of national security and the measure of export control. It hurts not only Chinese companies but also businesses of the US and beyond. China firmly opposes the act of the US to undermine the interests of China and other countries through unilateral and protectionist policies. We hope the US will grasp the situation, stop its wrongdoing and stick to equal-footed consultation for a solution.

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