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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-