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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on February 21, 2013

2013/02/22

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on February 21, 2013.

Q: According to a Japanese Kyodo News report on February 20, the visiting Director-General Shinsuke Sugiyama of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau of the Japanese Foreign Ministry said in his meeting with Mr. Wu Dawei, Special Representative of the Chinese Government on the Korean Peninsular Affairs that the DPRK's nuclear test "violated UN resolutions and is not acceptable" and expressed hopes that China takes a leadership role in handling the DPRK issue. The two sides agreed on the importance of accelerating diplomatic efforts such as the Six-Party Talks for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Please confirm and brief us on the meeting.

A: As far as I know, Japanese head of delegation of the Six-Party Talks and Director-General of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau of the Foreign Ministry Shinsuke Sugiyama's current visit to China is for an internal meeting of the Japanese side. Mr. Wu Dawei, Special Representative of the Chinese Government on the Korean Peninsular Affairs met with him at request on February 20 and the two sides exchanged views on the DPRK's nuclear test and the situation on the Peninsula. The Chinese side stressed that it serves the interests of all parties to safeguard peace and stability and push forward the denuclearization process of the Peninsula, adding that all parties should resolve relevant issue through dialogue and consultation.

After the press conference, a journalist asked the following question: in his interview with the Washington Post before visiting the US which was published on February 21, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that China's need for conflict with Japan and other Asian neighbours is "deeply ingrained" for consolidating its own political support and Japan would prevent China from "plundering other countries' territory". What is China's comment?

Hong Lei said that we were shocked at relevant report. It is rare that a country's leader brazenly distort facts, attack its neighbor and instigate antagonism between regional countries. Such a behaviour goes against the will of the international community. China is committed to the development of strategic relationship of mutual benefit with Japan, but will not sit idly by and allow Japan's negative moves on issues concerning Chinese territory, the history and twist of China's foreign policy. We have solemnly demanded the Japanese side to immediately clarify and explain.

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