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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on December 26, 2012

2012/12/28

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on December 26, 2012.

Q: Egypt's Supreme Election Committee reportedly said on December 25 that Egypt's new constitution was adopted with 63.8% voter support. What is China's comment?

A: China has noted the adoption of Egypt's new constitution, which represents an important step in Egypt's political transition process. We hope that Egypt would continue political transition in an orderly way and maintain political and social stability.

Q: Shinzo Abe was elected Prime Minister today by the Japanese Diet's lower and upper houses and is going to unveil the new Japanese cabinet. What is China's expectation on that?

A: China and Japan are important neighbours. A sound and stable China-Japan relationship meets the fundamental interests of both countries and peoples. We hope that the new Japanese administration could meet the Chinese side halfway and make concrete efforts to overcome difficulties in bilateral relations and bring China-Japan relations back to the track of normal development.

Q: Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi the other day, signing a big arms sales contract. What is China's comment?

A: Both Russia and India are China's friendly neighbours. China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination and China-India strategic cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity have maintained a stable momentum of development over the years. As major emerging countries, China, Russia and India keep good communication and coordination in mechanisms such as the BRICS and China-Russia-India Foreign Ministers Meeting.

China welcomes the development of friendly relations between Russia and India which we hope and believe will be conducive to peace and stability of Asia and the world at large.

Q: New Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe advocated amendments to the pacifist constitution of Japan and the establishment of national defence forces. He also claimed that there was no room for talks on the Diaoyu Islands issue. What is China's comment on his remarks?

A: I have already answered similar questions on this podium. China always believes that the development of long-term, sound and stable China-Japan relations meets the interests of both countries and contributes to the peaceful development of Asia. We are ready to push for the sound and stable development of bilateral relations based on the principles of the four China-Japan political documents. At the same time, we follow closely which direction Japan will take and hope that Japan would follow the path of peaceful development and play a constructive role for regional peace and stability.

On the issue concerning the Diaoyu Islands, the Chinese government's position is clear and consistent. The Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands have been China's inherent territory. China is firm and resolute in defending national territorial sovereignty. We also maintain that territorial disputes with neighbouring countries should be solved through dialogue and negotiation. It is imperative for Japan to show sincerity and work with China to make concrete efforts for the appropriate settlement and control of relevant issue through dialogue and negotiation.

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