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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on January 8, 2013


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on January 8, 2013.

Q: Four Chinese maritime surveillance ships reportedly sailed into waters off the Diaoyu Islands on January 7. The Japanese side has lodged protests and representations with the Chinese side. What is China's response?

A: The Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands are China's inherent territory. Chinese maritime surveillance ships' patrols in waters off the Diaoyu Islands are normal performance of duty to exercise jurisdiction. China does not accept Japan's protests and representations. Japan has repeatedly sent ships and aircrafts to illegally enter waters and airspace of China's Diaoyu Islands, against which China has lodged protests and representations with Japan many times and urged Japan to stop relevant illegal activities.

After the press conference, a journalist asked for comment over the Chinese territory's being affected by the recent escalation of armed clashes between Myanmar government forces and the Kachin Independence Army in northern Myanmar.

Hong Lei remarked that during the recent armed clashes in northern Myanmar, three bombs landed on the Chinese side of the border. China has already lodged serious representations with Myanmar, requiring the latter to take effective measures to avoid repetition of similar incidents.

As Myanmar's neighbour, China follows closely the development of situation in northern Myanmar, and hopes that both sides of the conflict would exercise restraint to ease the tension and avoid escalation of the conflict. We hope that the Myanmar government and relevant parties could properly solve their dispute through peace dialogue, so as to restore peace and stability in northern Myanmar at an early date.

It is learnt that local governments in China's Yunnan province have adopted necessary measures to prevent the normal work and life of Chinese border residents from being affected. Currently, the overall situation in the China-Myanmar border is stable. No Myanmese military aircrafts did enter China's airspace nor did large number of Myanmese border inhabitants flood into the Chinese side of the border.

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