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

2013/03/06

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

Q: The ROK and the US have recently started joint military exercises, and there are signs that the DPRK may also carry out air, ground and naval military exercises concurrently in March. What is China's comment?

A: It serves the common interests and is also the shared responsibility of all relevant parties to safeguard peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia. We hope all parties concerned will do more for the easing of tension on the Peninsula and for regional peace and stability.

Q: Please brief us on the progress of the UN Security Council's discussion on a resolution of sanctions against the DPRK's third nuclear test.

A: China is clear and firm in its position to safeguard peace and stability and realize the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. China supports the UN Security Council in making appropriate reactions to show objection to the DPRK's nuclear test. Meanwhile, the reaction should be prudent and moderate. It should avoid further escalation of the tension and be conducive to denuclearization and non-proliferation of the Peninsula as well as peace and stability in Northeast Asia. In the above spirit, China has been in close communication and discussion with other parties concerned at the UN Security Council and on other occasions.

Q: South African President Jacob Zuma recently said at an interview that the West should "resist warning" Africa against the embrace of China and rethink their own investment strategies, otherwise they will lose the competition with enterprises from emerging economies including China. What is China's comment?

A: In recent years, China has been carrying out cooperation with Africa in the principles of mutual benefit and common development, which has helped Africa with its economic development and improvement of people's livelihood, and such cooperation has been welcomed wholeheartedly by our African friends. I think President Zuma's remarks illustrated a truth: if you want to win the competition, you should first try to perfect yourself instead of blaming others.

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