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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning's Regular Press Conference on April 24, 2023
TASS: Last Friday, Chinese Ambassador to France Lu Shaye took an interview from a French media. On the ownership of Crimea, Mr. Ambassador said that it depends on how the problem is perceived. Crimea was historically part of Russia and had been offered to Ukraine by former Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev. What is China's comment?
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AFP: The Chinese Ambassador to France also claimed that the sovereignty of the former Soviet republics lacks solid basis in international law. Lithuania's foreign minister said that the Ambassador's remarks explain why countries like Lithuania lack confidence in whether China could play a constructive part in mediating for peace on the Ukraine issue. Does China support the Ambassador's remarks? Do you agree that the sovereignty of the former Soviet republics lacks solid basis in international law?
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The Wall Street Journal: Just wanted to follow up on the comments made by the ambassador in France. Could you just clarify for us, do his comments reflect the position of the Chinese government specifically? Or will China retract the comment, as I believe some European leaders have called on China to do? Could you just be as specific as possible about the comments, specifically whether they were appropriate and whether the foreign ministry stands by them?
Mao Ning: I can tell you that what I stated just now represents the official position of the Chinese government.
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Bloomberg: The transcript of the Chinese Ambassador to France's remarks appeared on the Chinese embassy's website. It was then removed. Do you know why it was removed and what part of Lu's comments were problematic?
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Reuters: My question is similar to some that have been asked earlier about the Chinese ambassador in Paris. Does China recognize Ukraine as a sovereign state? 
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Reuters: My question is related to the Ukraine/Crimea question again. Thank you very much for explaining China's decision on recognizing that former Soviet countries like Ukraine are sovereign countries. This seems different from what Ambassador Lu said in Paris. Does China stand behind everything that Ambassador Lu said in that interview with LCI?
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by Cat on Mon Apr 24th, 2023 at 09:58:13 PM EST
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