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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on February 5, 2013

2013/02/07

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on February 5, 2013.

Q: It is reported that the Myanmar government and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) reached consensus in the talks held in Ruili, China's Yunnan province on February 4. What are the specific outcomes and how does China comment on the talks?

A: With the coordination and arrangement of the Chinese side, the Myanmar government and the KIO, represented by Minister of the President's Office Aung Min and Vice Chief of Staff Sumlut Gun Maw respectively, held talks in Ruili of China's Yunnan province on February 4. This was the first direct contact of the two sides since the escalation of their conflict. Ambassador Luo Zhaohui, Director-General of the Department of Asian Affairs of the Chinese Foreign Ministry met with the two sides respectively ahead of the talks and participated in relevant talks as a witness. China congratulates the two sides on the outcomes of major issues such as ceasefire and peace talks and hopes that they can fulfill the promises, keep in touch and make efforts for real lasting peace in Northern Myanmar. China will continue to play a constructive role in facilitating peace talks between them.

Q: It is reported that Chinese maritime surveillance ships recently entered waters off the Diaoyu Islands for long hours. China has been urging the Japanese side to refrain from taking actions that may escalate the tension and made clear that the two sides should seek a negotiated settlement of the Diaoyu Islands issue. However, will the above act of China escalate the tension?

A: The Chinese government's position on the Diaoyu Islands issue is consistent and clear. The Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands have been China's inherent territory since ancient times, which is based on ample historical and jurisprudential evidence. Chinese government vessels' routine patrols and law-enforcement in waters off China's Diaoyu Islands are normal performance of duty to exercise jurisdiction. At the same time, China always stands for resolving territorial disputes with neighbouring countries through dialogue and negotiation.

The Japanese side should stop illegal activities of repeatedly sending vessels and aircrafts to waters and airspace of the Diaoyu Islands, face up to the history and reality, show sincerity and take concrete actions to work together with China for an effective way to properly manage and solve the problems through dialogue and negotiation.

Q: Please brief us on Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad's visit to China. Will China make a new proposal on resolving the Syrian issue?

A: We will release relevant information on the visit in due course.

Q: It is reported that the DPRK may conduct a third nuclear test. The ROK and the US have started considering tougher sanctions against the DPRK. What is China's comment?

A: We have repeatedly elaborated on China's position on relevant issue. I would like to reiterate that China is committed to the realization of denuclearization as well as peace and stability on the Peninsula. This position is clear and resolute. Safeguarding peace and stability on the Peninsula is the shared responsibility of all relevant parties. We oppose any action that may escalate the tension and call on parties concerned to earnestly bear in mind the larger picture, remain calm and prudent and make positive efforts to ease the tension on the Peninsula.

After the press conference, a journalist asked the following question: in his article published in The Seikyo Shimbun, a newspaper of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), on January 27, Honorary President of SGI Daisaku Ikeda called for improvement of China-Japan relations and stressed that under the current situation, the two sides should adhere to the principles of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and China and try to find a way out for better development of bilateral relations through candid and patient communication. What is China's comment?

Hua Chunying said that Mr. Daisaku Ikeda and SGI Japan have made long-term positive contribution to the restoration and development of China-Japan relations. Under the current situation, Mr. Daisaku Ikeda's proposal to improve China-Japan relations reflects Japan's domestic appeal for safeguarding the overall interests of bilateral relations. It serves the fundamental interests of the two countries and peoples to overcome the difficulties, remove disturbances and realize sound and stable development of bilateral relations on the basis of facing up to the history and reality. We are ready to make joint efforts with far-sighted Japanese from all walks of life to this end.

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