1. Hong Lei, spokesman, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, walking to podium
2. Wide of reporters
3. SOUNDBITE (Mandarin) Hong Lei, spokesman, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
(Answering question of whether China had sent any official to the unity march in Paris on Sunday)
"On Sunday, at the invitation of the French government, the Chinese Ambassador to France, Mr. Zhai Jun, took part in the anti-terrorism parade in Paris. Last Friday, Vice Foreign Minister Wang Chao went to the French embassy in China to pay condolences on the deaths of the French citizens in the terrorist attack. Mr. Wang Chao expressed his deep condolences to the victims and sincere sympathy to their families. He said China is opposed to any kind of terrorism and is willing to face up to the challenge, together with France, and to safeguard the peace and stability of the two countries and the world."
4. Mid of reporters
5. SOUNDBITE (Mandarin) Hong Lei, spokesman, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
(reacting to comments by the official Xinhua News Agency saying that attacks on the French magazine proved the need for limits on the freedom of the press)
"About the comments of Xinhua, it is just the opinion of Xinhua. I want to point out that the Chinese government has always advocated mutual respect, equal treatment and harmonious co-existence among different civilisations and religions."
China said on Monday that its Ambassador to France took part in the unity march in Paris on Sunday.
Over a million people attended the rally of national unity in the French capital, including more than 40 world leaders, days after the attacks on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, police officers and a kosher grocery.
It was one of many demonstrations in cities around the world on Sunday to honour the 17 victims who died during three days of bloodshed in Paris last week, and to support freedom of expression.
Chinese Ambassador to France, Zhai Jun, took part in the parade in Paris at the invitation of the French government, according to China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
China also sent a Vice Foreign Minister to the French embassy in Beijing to pay condolences last Friday, said Hong Lei, spokesman of MOFA.
China's official Xinhua New Agency said on Sunday that the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo showed the need to impose limits on press freedom.
Asked about Xinhua's comments, Hong stressed that they reflected the opinion of Xinhua News Agency, by implication not the opinion of the Chinese government.