|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on December 25, 2012|
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on December 25, 2012.
Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcement:
At the invitation of Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, President Vuk Jeremić of the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly will visit China from December 26 to 28.
Q: It is reported that on December 22, the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force again sent F-15 fighter jets to intercept a Chinese maritime surveillance plane allegedly heading for the Diaoyu Islands. What is China's comment? How will China react if the Japanese side's action escalates the tension? Will China send military planes in response?
A: The flight by China's maritime surveillance plane you mentioned is one of the routine patrols in the airspace over the East China Sea. China is highly concerned and vigilant about the Japanese side's dispatch of planes from the Air Self-Defense Force and has lodged solemn representations with the Japanese side. China will keep close watch on the Japanese side's intention.
Q: New Japanese Ambassador to China Masato Kitera arrives in Beijing today to assume office. What is China's expectation of him? Will his assumption of duty exert a positive effect on the improvement of China-Japan relations?
A: I answered this question yesterday. We have noted relevant remarks made by new Japanese Ambassador to China Masato Kitera about being ready to commit himself to the improvement of China-Japan relations. We hope that the new Japanese Ambassador to China could make extensive contact with all walks of life in China for a better understanding of China and play an active role in improving and developing China-Japan relations.
Q: The UN-AL Joint Special Representative on the Syrian Issue Lakhdar Brahimi recently held talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The two exchanged views on the situation in Syria and what could possibly be done next, hoping that all parties would strive for a settlement that meets the Syrian People's aspiration. What is China's comment?
A: China applauds and supports Special Representative Brahimi's positive efforts for the political settlement of the Syrian issue. We have been paying attention to his visit to Syria and wish it a fruitful one.
China is deeply concerned over the current situation in Syria. We urge all parties concerned in Syria to bear in mind the fundamental and long-term interests of the Syrian people and support Brahimi's mediation with concrete actions. We urge all parties to immediately launch an inclusive political dialogue, in accordance with the international consensus on the peaceful settlement of the Syrian issue, such as the communiqué of the Geneva foreign ministers' meeting of the Action Group on Syria, formulate a road map on political transition through consultation and set up a transitional governing body with broad representation so as to end the Syrian crisis at an early date.