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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on February 25, 2013

2013/02/26

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on February 25, 2013.

Q: What is China's comment on Park Geun-hye's swearing-in as President of the ROK as well as China's expectation for the development of China-ROK relations in the future?

A: We congratulate Ms. Park Geun-hye on her official assumption of office as the ROK President. As the Special Representative of President Hu Jintao and General Secretary Xi Jinping, Liu Yandong, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and State Councilor, arrived in the ROK on February 23 and attended the inauguration ceremony of President Park Geun-hye this morning.

China and the ROK are important neighbours. We attach great importance to the ROK and China-ROK relations, which are now in good shape. It serves the interests of the two countries and peoples and is conducive to regional peace, stability and development to maintain the sustainable, steady and healthy development of China-ROK relations. Under the new circumstances of the new era, China stands ready to work with the ROK to constantly deepen bilateral friendly exchanges and practical cooperation across the board and further enrich China-ROK strategic partnership of cooperation.

Q: First, in the meeting with President Barack Obama during his recent visit to the US, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that Japan has always been calmly dealing with the Diaoyu Islands issue, and since Japan-China relationship is one of the most important bilateral relations to Japan, win-win relations should be built based on strategic mutual benefit despite antagonism between the two sides, adding that Japan stands ready to maintain dialogues including those at the political level with China. What is China's comment? Second, Japan and the US issued a joint statement on the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (TPP). What is China's comment?

A: On your first question, we have noted relevant reports and have made clear our solemn position on Japanese leader's recent remarks concerning China in his interview with the US media. China remains committed to the policy of developing its relations with Japan on the basis of the principles of the four political documents between the two countries. We hope Japan could match words with deeds, show sincerity and take concrete measures to join China in bringing China-Japan relations back to the track of normal development at an early date.

On your second question, China is open to any cooperation initiative that is conducive to economic integration and common prosperity of the Asia Pacific including the TPP. Under the current situation, we should take full consideration of differences and diversities of regional economic development and promote economic integration of the Asia Pacific step by step in accordance with the principles o