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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on January 30, 2013

2013/01/31

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on January 30, 2013.

Q: First, UN-AL Joint Special Representative on the Syrian issue Lakhdar Brahimi submitted a report on the situation in Syria to the Security Council on January 29, calling for further pressure on the Syrian government by all member states of the Security Council. What is China's comment? Second, it is reported that according to the 12th "Five-Year Plan" on energy development recently released by the Chinese government, China plans to build three hydropower plants in the midstream of the Yarlung Zangbo River, causing India's concern on the utilization of cross-border water resources. What is China's response?

A: On your first question, we have noted relevant reports. China hopes relevant parties of the international community will take concrete actions to support Joint Special Representative Brahimi's work, and urge the Syrian government and opposition to launch a political dialogue and transition process at an early date in accordance with the purposes and principles of the communiqué of Geneva foreign ministers' meeting of the Action Group on Syria. China is positive and open to any resolution that is widely accepted by all parties in Syria.

On your second question, China has always been responsible on the development of cross-border rivers. All new projects will go through scientific planning and feasibility studies and take into consideration interests of both the upstream and downstream countries.

Q: What is China's comment on the ROK's launch of carrier rocket "Naro"? Second, how does China comment on the latest developments of the DPRK's nuclear test?

A: On your first question, we have noted relevant reports.

On your second question, China follows closely the developments on the Korean Peninsula. The current situation on the Peninsula is complex and sensitive. We call on relevant parties to earnestly remain calm and exercise restraint and refrain from taking actions that may escalate the tension or undermine the denuclearization of the Peninsula so as to jointly safeguard peace and stability on the Peninsula.

Q: First, what is China's response to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's suggestion for talks between leaders of the two countries? Second, please brief us on former Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama's visit to China.

A: On your first question, we have noted relevant remarks made by the Japanese leader. China values the development of relations with Japan and hopes that Japan would work with China to overcome the current acute problems and create conditions for restoring normal development of bilateral relations.

On your second question, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi yesterday met with former Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama and chairman of the Japan-China Friendship Association Koichi Kato.

Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi spoke highly of the long-term contributions made by former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama and the Japan-China Friendship Association to the reconstruction and development of China-Japan relations. He stressed that peaceful and friendly cooperation between China and Japan serves the fundamental interests of the two countries and peoples. Currently, China-Japan relations are at a critical juncture. The two sides should properly deal with the Diaoyu Islands issue in a responsible manner to the history and on the basis of the four political documents between the two countries to improve and develop bilateral relations.

The Japanese side said that no force could destroy the solid foundation of China-Japan relations after four decades of development since the normalization of diplomatic relations. The two sides should carefully safeguard the overall interests and jointly improve and develop bilateral relations. As a non-governmental friendship group, Japan-China Friendship Association will inherit the tradition, give full play to its advantages, actively promote people-to-people friendship and create favorable conditions to this end.

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