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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on January 7, 2013


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on January 7, 2013.

Hong Lei started the press conference with the following announcements:

At the invitation of State Councilor Dai Bingguo, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev will visit China from January 8 to 9 for the eighth round of China-Russia Strategic Security Consultation.

At the invitation of Indian National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon, State Councilor Dai Bingguo will lead a delegation to the third meeting of BRICS High Representatives for Security Issues to be held in New Delhi, capital of India, from January 10 to 11.

Q: The Pakistani military reportedly said on January 6 that the Indian army violated the Kashmir ceasefire agreement by sneaking into Pakistani territory and attacking its post, leaving one soldier dead and another injured. The Indian military denied the cross-border attack and said that it was the Pakistani side who had bombarded the Indian side first. What is China's comment?

A: China has noted relevant reports. As the common neighbor and friend of India and Pakistan, China sincerely hopes that the two sides would continue to calmly and properly handle differences through dialogue and consultation so as to jointly safeguard peace and stability in South Asia.

Q: It is reported that armed militants in the Central African Republic have captured more than ten towns and cities, and are closing in on its capital Bangui. Under the mediation of regional organizations, relevant parties in Central Africa have agreed to hold negotiations in Libreville, Gabon for resolving the crisis. What is China's comment?

A: China opposes the armed attacks by rebels in Central Africa. We support the positive efforts by the African Union, the Economic Community of Central African States and relevant countries in the region for resolving the crisis and welcome the agreement among parties concerned in Central Africa to hold peace negotiations. We hope relevant parties would bear in mind the larger interests of national peace and development, and safeguard sovereignty and territorial integrity of Central Africa. China stands ready to work with the international community to help Central Africa restore peace and stability.

Q: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad proposed a phased plan to resolve the Syrian crisis on January 6. What is China's position on that?

A: The Syrian issue so far has brought enormous suffering to the Syrian people and should be resolved as soon as possible. Political resolution is the only practical way out for the Syrian Crisis. China urges the Syrian government and opposition to bear in mind the fundamental and long-term interests of the country and the people, cease fire and stop violence at an early date. We urge them to actively explore a way out and fundamentally solve the problem with a pragmatic attitude, formulate through consultations a roadmap of political transition, establish a transitional governing body of broad representation and implement political transition in accordance with the purposes and principles of the communiqué of the Geneva meeting. China is positive and open to any resolution that is acceptable to all parties concerned in Syria.

Q: Former US New Mexico governor Bill Richardson and Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt are visiting the DPRK today. What is China's comment?

A: We have noted relevant reports.

Q: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and South Sudanese President Salva Kiir recently held a meeting in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, and reached consensus on promoting the settlement of the Abyei issue, implementing the already-signed bilateral agreements and other issues. What is China's comment?

A: China welcomes the positive attitude that South Sudan and Sudan have showed on solving their differences. We hope both sides would proceed from the fundamental interests of the two peoples and the overall peace and stability in the region, earnestly implement the already-signed agreements and maintain the good momentum of negotiation so as to properly resolve other pending issues at an early date.

Q: First, What issues will be discussed in the talks between State Councilor Dai Bingguo and the Indian National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon? Second, please brief us on the topics of the third meeting of BRICS High Representatives for Security Issues. Will the meeting issue a joint statement regarding the Syrian issue?

A: On your first question, during the third meeting of BRICS High Representatives for Security Issues, State Councilor Dai Bingguo will hold bilateral meetings with the Indian side to exchange views on China-India relations and issues of common interest.

On your second question, during the meeting, State Councilor Dai Bingguo will have in-depth exchange of views with other heads of delegation of BRICS countries on international and regional issues of common interest .

Q: Philippine officials reportedly said the Philippines would build infrastructure on disputed islands that it controls in the South China Sea. What is China's comment?

A: We have noted relevant reports and will follow closely the development of the situation. China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters, and opposes any action that may impair China's territorial sovereignty. We urge relevant country to earnestly abide by the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) and stop provocative acts that may complicate or amplify the issue.

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