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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on January 22, 2013

2013/01/23

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on January 22, 2013.

Q: Recent reports say that the situation in Northern Myanmar has affected the Chinese side of the border. Please brief us on it.

A: The Chinese side is highly concerned about the development of the situation in Northern Myanmar and urges relevant parties to fully cease fire as soon as possible so as to maintain peace and tranquility of the border areas between China and Myanmar. China is in close communication with all relevant parties and plays a constructive role. According to the information provided by Yunnan province, the Chinese side of the border is stable with normal order at the moment.

Q: Natsuo Yamaguchi, leader of the Japanese New Komeito party arrived in Beijing today. What is China's expectation of his visit?

A: China maintains normal exchanges with the ruling and opposition parties as well as friendly organizations in Japan. It is conducive to the enhancement of communication, appropriate settlement of disputes and the promotion of sound relations between the two countries. Please consult the China-Japan Friendship Association about the specifics of the visit.

Q: What is China's comment on the conflict between Myanmar government forces and Kachin Independence Army in Northern Myanmar? What specific measures has China taken to safeguard stability and tranquility of the China-Myanmar border?

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 Northern Myanmar and stays in close communication with the government of Myanmar and relevant parties, urging all parties to immediately cease fire, solve disputes through peace talks and safeguard peace and tranquility of the China-Myanmar border. 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.

Local governments of Yunan province have taken effective measures to prevent border residents' normal life and work from being affected. The Chinese side of the border is stable with normal order at the moment.

Q:Norwegian Foreign Minister said the other day that Norway supports China's application for permanent observer of the Arctic Council. Is this statement by Norwegian side helpful for the improvement of China-Norway relations?

A: The Arctic issue is a regional issue and a transregional issue concerning climate change and shipping. China always maintains that Arctic and non-Arctic countries should jointly work for peace, stability and sustainable development of the Arctic based on mutual recognition and respect for each other's rights, mutual understanding and trust.

The Norwegian side holds the key to the improvement of China-Norway relations. We expect the Norwegian side to earnestly respect China's core concerns and take concrete measures to create conditions for the restoration and development of bilateral relations.

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