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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on January 18, 2013

2013/01/20

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on January 18, 2013.

Q: Some media say that the ongoing standoff between China and Japan in the surrounding waters and airspace of the Diaoyu Islands may lead to friction or even military conflicts. What is China's comment?

A: Japan has been acting negatively on the Diaoyu Islands issue for some time, including sending its Self-Defense Forces planes to disturb Chinese planes' normal patrol. Japan's moves, which highlight military dimension and spark tension, run counter to the trend of peacefully resolving disputes through dialogue by countries in the region.

China is firm in defending national territorial sovereignty and always stands for the settlement of territorial disputes through dialogue and consultation. China has maintained communication with Japan on the Diaoyu Islands issue and hopes that Japan could be level-headed, show sincerity, work with China to figure out how to appropriately settle and control problems through consultation.

Q: Former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's visit to China has caused a stir in Japan. Comments say that by inviting Mr. Hatoyama, China intends to convey a message to Japan's right-wing force through those who are friendly to China. What is China's comment?

A: China's position on the development of China-Japan relations is consistent and clear. We stand for advancing China-Japan strategic relationship of mutual benefit based on the four political documents and in the spirit of taking history as a guide and looking into the future. Given the grave difficulties in China-Japan relations, it is imperative for Japan to show sincerity, work with China for the shared goal and make concrete efforts to appropriately solve and control relevant problems.

Q: Media comments depict Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visits to the three ASEAN countries as encircling China. What is China's comment?

A: We have already answered similar questions. We have noted Japanese Prime Minister Abe's visit to Southeast Asia as well as relevant reports.

Q: The IAEA's panel of experts concluded its two-day talks with the Iranian side in the country on January 17, failing to make any breakthrough. What is China's comment?

A: The Chinese side has noted relevant report. We always believe that dialogue and cooperation is the only correct approach to the appropriate settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue. We encourage Iran to further enhance cooperation with the IAEA and hope that Iran and the P5 plus one countries can hold a new round of dialogue as soon as possible for early progress.

Q: US Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell recently called on China and Japan to be cool-headed on the Diaoyu Islands issue. What is China's comment?

A: As I just pointed out, China is firm in defending national territorial sovereignty and always stands for the settlement of territorial disputes through dialogue and consultation. China has maintained communication with Japan on the Diaoyu Islands issue and hopes that Japan could be level-headed, show sincerity, work with China to figure out how to appropriately settle and control problems through consultation.

Q: It is reported that some of those taken hostage in Algeria were dead. France, the UK and other western countries said that the Algerian government did not inform them of the rescue operation. What is China's comment?

A: China follows closely the developments of the situation. We oppose and condemn the abduction.

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