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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on February 26, 2013

2013/02/27

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on February 26, 2013.

Q: The Japanese side recently said that China intends to gather Japanese information by placing buoys in waters off the Diaoyu Islands. What is China's comment?

A: As far as I know, it is for the purpose of maritime meteorological observation that relevant Chinese department places buoys in waters under China's jurisdiction, and I think it is not necessary to make a fuss about it.

Q: The new round of talks between the P5 plus one countries and Iran is being held in Alma-Ata of Kazakhstan today. What is China's position on the Iranian nuclear issue and expectation of the talks? How does China comment on the role of Kazakhstan?

A: Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu leads a delegation to the new round of talks between the P5 plus one countries and Iran in Alma-Ata. China always believes that dialogue and negotiation is the only correct way to properly resolve the Iranian nuclear issue, which is complex and sensitive. It calls for confidence in peaceful settlement through dialogue as well as an objective and practical attitude. We hope all parties could seize the opportunity of the new round of talks, step up diplomatic efforts, show further flexibility and sincerity, seek common ground and resolve differences so as to push ahead with the negotiation on the basis of last year's talks. China has made great efforts and played a positive and constructive role in keeping the Iranian nuclear issue on the track of dialogue and striving for progress. We stand ready to work with all parties including Kazakhstan to make unremitting efforts for the peaceful settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue through diplomatic means.

Q: Chinese and Japanese officials held talks on air pollution last Friday. Has China's air pollution affected its neighbours? What measures will China take?

A: The Chinese government attaches great importance to environmental protection and will march forward on the path of environmental protection by adopting all kinds of effective measures to control pollution and reduce emissions. We are also willing to learn and draw upon advanced experience and practices from other countries.

Q: It is reported that some Chinese investment groups are planning to build a giant financial complex near Madrid, please confirm and give us more information.

A: Recent years have seen sound development of exchanges and cooperation as well as expanding and deepening comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Spain. Please consult competent department and relevant enterprises for the specific project you mentioned.

Q: A report by an environmental institution in London says that trade in tiger parts widely exists in China. What is China's comment?

A: The Chinese government always places lots of attention on the protection of wild tigers and other endangered wildlife. We have enacted a series of laws and regulations, established a joint law enforcement mechanism of departments of public security, customs and industry and commerce and have actively participated in international law enforcement cooperation. China is also highly concerned over the situation that medical use of wildlife may lead to the extinction of endangered animals and has adopted a series of strict management measures.

Q: In his speech at the Russian Diplomatic Academy on February 25, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said when discussing a resolution on the DPRK's nuclear test, the Security Council needs to understand that the Six-Party Talks is the only way to resolve the Korean nuclear issue, adding that relevant parties should neither sit idly by nor use the nuclear test as an excuse to expand military buildup on the Peninsula and relevant resolution should focus on and be within the realm of stopping the DPRK's nuclear and missile development. What is China's comment?

A: China has repeatedly expounded its position on and opposition to the DPRK's nuclear test. It serves the common interests and is the shared responsibilities of all parties concerned to safeguard peace and stability and push forward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. China believes that the Security Council's reaction should be conducive to the overall objective of denuclearization, non-proliferation as well as peace and stability of the Peninsula and Northeast Asia. Dialogue and negotiation should be upheld, concerns of all parties should be addressed in a balanced way and all issues should be resolved within the framework of the Six-Party Talks so as to fundamentally resolve the long-standing and complex Korean nuclear issue.

Q: It is reported that China and Russia recently reached many agreements on oil and gas supply. Please brief us on that.

A: Wang Qishan, Vice Premier of the State Council and Chinese Chairman of the China-Russia Energy Cooperation Committee (CRECC) co-chaired the meeting between chairmen of CRECC with his Russian counterpart Arkady Dvorkovich, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation in Beijing on February 25. The meeting yielded tangible results and injected new impetus to China-Russia strategic partnership of coordination. The two sides reached an important consensus on expanding crude oil trade, which marks a new and major progress in China-Russia energy cooperation. The two governments supported their enterprises' negotiations on gas supplies via the east pipeline, confirmed the annual delivery of 38 billion cubic meters of gas to China through the pipeline and agreed to continue the feasibility research on the east line liquefied natural gas (LNG) project and the west line gas supply cooperation.

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