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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's remarks on the passing of renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking

Q: On March 14, renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking passed away at age 76. What is China's comment on Mr. Hawking?

A: Mr. Hawking was a renowned scientist who had not only made immense contributions to the scientific world and mankind, but also long been persistently fighting a courageous war against illness. My knowledge is that he made three trips to China during his lifetime when he met with Chinese leaders and engaged in pleasant talks with Chinese scientists and his fans in China. Mr. Hawking kept track of China's development and spoke very highly of China's scientific progress. He was also a big fan of Chinese culture. He was once so determined on making to the top of the Great Wall and then finally made it with the help of his assistants. We mourn for the passing of Mr. Hawking and express our condolences to his family.

I believe that Mr. Hawking and his legacy will be remembered forever.

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