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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on January 29, 2013


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on January 29, 2013.

Q: It is reported that Iran successfully launched into space a capsule with a monkey on board which returned safely yesterday. What is China's comment? Does China believe that Iran violated the Security Council resolutions?

A: China's position on non-proliferation is clear.

Q: How does China view the current situation in Mali? Will China attend the Donors Conference on Mali on January 29?

A: China has been following the developments in Mali and supports the efforts by African countries and regional organizations to safeguard the unity of Mali and peace and security in the region. China calls for an early implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 2085 on Mali and creation of favorable conditions for deployment of the "African-led International Support Mission in Mali" (AISMIM).

Ambassador Zhong Jianhua, the Chinese Government's Special Representative on African Affairs, will attend the Donors Conference on Mali. China will actively consider providing support and assistance to the AISMIM under the framework of "Initiative on China-Africa Cooperative Partnership for Peace and Security" launched at the fifth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. We will also provide humanitarian aid to Mali and other countries to help deal with local humanitarian crisis. China is ready to work with the international community to make continuous positive contributions to peace and development in Mali.

Q: Former Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama is visiting China following former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and leader of the New Komeito party Natsuo Yamaguchi. How does China see the significance of his visit?

A: China maintains normal exchanges with Japan's ruling and opposition parties as well as friendship groups, which is conducive to the enhancement of communication, appropriate settlement of disputes and promotion of sound relations between the two countries. Currently China-Japan relations are still facing difficulties. We hope Japan could work with China to properly control and solve relevant issues in a bid to restore normal development of bilateral relations at an early date.

Q: Does China still value the statement on historical issues by former Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama in 1995? How will China respond if the new Japanese administration change its attitude on relevant issues?

A: Properly viewing and treating the history of agression by Japan's militarism is the important prerequisite for Japan to win the understanding of the international community, its Asian neighbours in particular. The "Tomiichi Statement" is a solemn declaration and commitment by the Japanese government to peoples of the victimized Asian countries for its past aggression and colonisation. Japan should be responsible on historical issues and respect the feelings of the Asian people. We hope Japan could learn from the history and properly handle relevant issues.

Q: What is China's comment on the conference recently held by leaders of the "Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces" and "Friends of Syria" countries in Paris as well as the current situation in Syria?

A: We have noted relevant reports and hope that parties concerned would play a positive and constructive role in pushing forward the political settlement of the Syrian issue.

China believes that political resolution is the only practical way out for the Syrian issue. We hope relevant parties would build up consensus and push for an early fair, peaceful and appropriate settlement of the Syrian issue on the basis of the communiqué of Geneva foreign ministers' meeting of the Action Group on Syria. We also urge the Syrian government and opposition to adopt a practical attitude, actively seek a resolution that is widely accepted by all parties and launch a political dialogue and transition process as soon as possible for an early end to the Syrian crisis.

Q: Please brief us on China's attendance at and the outcome of the recently concluded 20th African Union (AU) summit.

A: The 20th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the AU was held in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, from January 27 to 28. Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun attended the Summit as China's Special Envoy, underscoring the consistent importance China places on Africa and China-Africa relations. Participating leaders discussed issues including peace and security situation in Africa and African integration and reached a series of important consensus. China congratulates on the success of the Summit.

As Africa's good friend and partner, China will continue to support the solidarity, self-renewal and integration of Africa as well as the comprehensive implementation of the outcome of the fifth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation for the promotion of a new type of China-Africa strategic partnership.

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