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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on January 21, 2013


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on January 21, 2013.

Q: Please brief us on Special Envoy of the Chinese government and Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying's visit to Myanmar. What message did she convey to Myanmar on the conflict in Northern Myanmar?

A: Special Envoy of the Chinese government and Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying called on President U Thein Sein of Myanmar in Rangoon on January 19, 2013. The two sides had an in-depth exchange of views on further deepening China-Myanmar comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation and agreed to uphold peace and stability in the border areas between China and Myanmar.

Q: Some Chinese media say that China should prepare for a war on the Diaoyu Islands. What are the Chinese government's position? What are the Chinese side's specific requirements for Japan to resolve the Diaoyu Islands issue?

A: China's position on the Diaoyu Islands issue is consistent and clear. 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, exhibit sincerity, and work with China to figure out how to appropriately settle and manage problems through consultation.

Q: Since the end of last year, warfare in Northern Myanmar has delivered a heavy blow to the stability and tranquility of the border areas between China and Myanmar. The government of Myanmar recently announced the stoppage of military attacks against the Kachin Independence Army. What is China's comment?

A: China and Myanmar are friendly neighbours with their border residents living within hailing distance alongside a shared border of 2,200 kilometres. Turbulence on one side of the border will inevitably affect the other. Therefore, the Chinese side follows closely the developments of the situation in the China-Myanmar border areas and stays in close communication with the government of Myanmar and relevant parties. Recently, Special Envoy of the Chinese government and Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying visited Myanmar. The two sides reiterated their commitment to maintaining peace and stability in their border areas.

The government of Myanmar has announced the halt of military actions in Northern Myanmar as well as its willingness to restart peace talks. China commends this announcement and hopes for positive feedback from relevant parties. We believe that peace talk is the only correct approach to solving the issue concerning Northern Myanmar. We hope that all relevant parties could cease fire and engage in peace talks. China will continue to play a constructive role in effectively maintaining peace and tranquility in the China-Myanmar border. We sincerely hope to see the settlement of dispute through peace talks between relevant parties so as to realize peaceful and harmonious co-existence of all ethnic groups as well as economic development in Northern Myanmar, making China-Myanmar border the bridge of bilateral friendship and cooperation.

Q: The ROK media reported that the ROK found components made by China and European countries in the debris of the DPRK's launch vehicle. What is China's comment?

A: China's position on non-proliferation is consistent and clear. We have set up a full-fledged legal system and an effective enforcement mechanism on export control. China's export control list is in conformity with that of the international community.

Q: Are there Chinese nationals involved or affected by the hostage incident in Algeria?

A: China condemns the terrorists' abduction of hostages. The international community should enhance cooperation in the fight against terrorism. As far as I know, no Chinese nationals were involved in the incident.

Q: US President Barack Obama officially inaugurated his second term of office. What is China's comment?

A: Thanks to the efforts of both sides, China-US relations have scored important progress while maintaining stability in the past four years. This is a hard-won result. The sustained, sound and steady development of China-US relationship serves the fundamental interests of the two countries and peoples and contributes to world peace, stability and prosperity. China and the US should stay resolutely committed to enhancing dialogues and exchanges, strengthening mutual trust and cooperation, building the cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit and working for the new type of relations between major countries.

Q: Japanese Foreign Ministry spokesman reportedly said that China's military buildup was reshaping the security environment in the region. "China is trying to change the existing order by sending their physical presence to Japanese territorial waters or airspace with coercion." What is China's comment?

A: The Diaoyu Islands are Chinese territory and their territorial waters belong to China. The patrols by Chinese government ships in the territorial waters of the Diaoyu Islands are normal performance of duty to exercise China's jurisdiction.

China has been firmly opposed to Japan's violation of China's territorial sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands and their territorial waters. Japan's so-called "presence" and "control" are illegal and invalid from the very beginning. China is confident and capable of resolutely defending its territorial sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands.

Q: It is reported that China and the US have come to an agreement on the UN Security Council's draft resolution on the DPRK's satellite launch. The resolution may soon be adopted by the Security Council. Please confirm and tell us China's comment.

A: China has made clear its position on the DPRK's satellite launch on many occasions. It is regretable that the DPRK launched its satellite regardless of international concerns. At the same time, China believes that the Security Council's reaction should be prudent, moderate and conducive to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula so as to avoid escalation of tension. Based on the above position, China has constructively participated in relevant consultations of the Security Council.

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