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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on January 23, 2013


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on January 23, 2013.

Q: First, it is reported that the electoral alliance formed by incumbent Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party and the far right Jewish Home party bids fair to win the 19th Israeli parliamentary election. What is China's comment? Second, Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario reportedly said on January 22 that the Philippines would ask for international arbitration on its dispute with China on the South China Sea. How does China respond?

A: On your first question, relevant election is Israel's internal affair. We have no comment.

On your second question, China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters. It is based on full historical and jurisprudential evidence. Territorial sovereignty dispute caused by the Philippines' illegal encroachment on some islets of China's Nansha Islands is the root cause and essence of relevant dispute between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea. China has been firmly opposed to that.

Bearing China-Philippines relations and regional peace and stability in mind, China has been committed to resolving disputes through bilateral consultation and negotiation, which reflects China's good faith and sincerity. To solve relevant disputes through negotiation between directly-concerned sovereign states is also the consensus between China and ASEAN countries as stipulated in the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC). All the signatories to the DOC should stand by their solemn commitments.

We hope that relevant country would keep its word, earnestly and fully carry out the DOC and refrain from taking actions that could complicate and aggravate this issue.

Q: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard released national security strategy on January 23. What is China's comment on the China-related contents of the strategy?

A: China sticks fast to the path of peaceful development. China's development is an important opportunity to Australia and other countries of the region. We have noted that the strategy speaks highly of China's role in regional and multilateral affairs, expressing Australia's will to enhance strategic dialogue and cooperation with China and support of China's constructive role in regional affairs. We hope that the release of the strategy will help all circles in Australia better understand the international and regional situations so as to safeguard stability and prosperity of the Asia Pacific and promote China-Australia relations.

Q: The DPRK responded to the UN Security Council's adoption of Resolution 2087 by saying that it would continue the satellite launch. What is China's comment?

A: We hope that all parties will bear in mind peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula, keep calm, exercise restraint and refrain from any action that could escalate the tension. It serves the interests of all parties.

The DPRK's satellite launch once again underscores the urgency and necessity of fundamentally resolving the Korean Peninsula issue. China always maintains that disputes should be defused through dialogue and consultation, all parties' concerns should be addressed in a comprehensive and balanced manner, and issues concerning the Korean Peninsula should be peacefully resolved so as to denuclearize the Peninsula and realize lasting peace and stability of the Peninsula and Northeast Asia. The Six-Party Talks is an effective mechanism for the realization of the above goals. Together with the international community, China would like to press ahead with the Six-Party talks and work constructively for peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia.

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