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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on January 11, 2013

2013/01/12

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on January 11, 2013.

Q: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reportedly criticized last year's anti-Japan demonstrations in China at a press conference on January 11. What is China's comment?

A: The current serious difficulties in China-Japan relations were solely caused by the Japanese side. We hope Japan could face the reality, show sincerity and make due efforts to properly solve relevant issues.

Q: First, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reportedly said at a press conference on January 11 that the Diaoyu Islands issue is not negotiable. What is China's comment? Second, Japanese media reported that the Japanese Defense Ministry said more than ten Chinese military aircrafts were spotted in Japan's air defense identification zone over the East China Sea on January 10, and Japan's Air Self-Defense Force scrambled F-15 fighter jets in response. What is China's comment?

A: On your first question, the Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands have been China's inherent territory since ancient times, which is clear both in terms of history and jurisprudence. I have stressed that the current serious difficulties in China-Japan relations were solely caused by the Japanese side. We hope Japan could face the reality, show sincerity and make due efforts to properly settle relevant issues.

On your second question, it is learnt that those were Chinese military aircrafts' routine flights over the East China Sea. China firmly opposes Japan's groundless escalation of the situation and creation of tension.

Q: It is reported that on January 10 during Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida's visit to the Philippines, the two sides expressed mutual concern over their territorial disputes with China, and discussed how they could learn from each other's strategies in dealing with the conflicts. What is China's comment?

A: We have noted relevant reports and hope relevant countries could do more that is conducive to regional peace and stability.

Q: Pakistani police reportedly said that the recent bomb attacks in Quetta, capital of Balochistan, had caused more than one hundred deaths and injuries. What is China's comment?

A: China opposes all forms of terrorism and strongly condemns the above attacks in Pakistan. We express our deep condolences over the victims and sincere sympathy to the injured and the bereaved families. China firmly supports the unremitting efforts by the Pakistani government and people for safeguarding national stability.

Q: India and Pakistan had another exchange of fire in the Kashmir region on January 10. How does China view the current India-Pakistan situation?

A: Both India and Pakistan are important countries in South Asia and their relations are essential to regional peace, stability and development. As their common neighbour and friend, China sincerely hopes that the two sides would continue to calmly and properly resolve their differences through dialogues and negotiations and jointly safeguard peace and stability in South Asia.

Q: Would you please brief us on the meeting of BRICS High Representatives for Security Issues being held in New Delhi of India?

A: State Councilor Dai Bingguo attended the third meeting of BRICS High Representatives for Security Issues in New Delhi, India on January 10. During the meeting, he had an in-depth exchange of views with other heads of delegation on the international situation, cooperation among BRICS countries and other issues and reached a lot of consensus.

State Councilor Dai Bingguo said that the world is undergoing major and fundamental changes, which are marked by the rapid rise of emerging economies and developing countries on all continents across the world. These emerging economies and developing countries have become a major force in pushing forward the transformation of international systems and relations and in driving world economic growth. They are also exerting increasingly extensive and important impact on the formation of a multi-polar world and democracy in international relations, changing world political and economic landscapes. Under the current circumstances, BRICS countries should establish more confidence in their own paths and prospects of development as well as their cooperation, promote the ideas of solidarity, cooperation and mutual benefit, deepen, consolidate and strengthen win-win cooperation and enhance coordination in international and regional affairs to uphold international justice, promote world peace and development and set up a new model of state-to-state relations in the era of globalization.

After the press conference, a journalist asked the following question: the Myanmar government forces and the Kachin Independence Army reportedly continued exchange of fire and another bomb landed in China's Yunnan province on January 9, please confirm. What measures will China adopt to ensure the safety of the Chinese side of the border?

Hong Lei remarked that as far as we knew, no more Myanmar bombs had landed on the Chinese side of the border ever since the three bombs on December 30, 2012.

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, ease the tension and avoid escalation of the conflict so as to restore peace and stability in northern Myanmar at an early date. We hope that the Myanmar government and relevant parties could solve their dispute through peace dialogue.

It is learnt that local governments in Yunnan province have adopted measures to effectively prevent the normal work and life of Chinese border residents from being affected. Currently, the overall situation in the China-Myanmar border is stable.

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