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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on March 6, 2013

2013/03/07

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on March 6, 2013.

Q: It is reported that the Supreme Command of the Korean People's Army (KPA) issued a statement on March 5, declaring that the DPRK will nullify the Korean Armistice Agreement from March 11 and suspend all the activities of the KPA representative office at Panmunjom. What is China's comment?

A: The Korean Armistice Agreement plays an important role in safeguarding peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. The current situation on the Peninsula is complex and sensitive. China calls on relevant parties to bear in mind the larger picture of peace and stability of the Peninsula and the region, remain calm and restrained, and refrain from taking actions that may escalate the tension.

We believe a peace mechanism should replace the armistice mechanism on the Peninsula in the long run, and hope that all relevant parties will work towards this goal through dialogue and negotiation so as to realize the long-lasting peace and stability of the Peninsula and the region.

Q: Why does China support the UN Security Council's resolution on expanding sanctions against the DPRK?

A: China supports the Security Council in making necessary and appropriate reactions to the DPRK's nuclear test. Meanwhile, we believe the reactions should be conducive to denuclearization of the Peninsula and the overall peace and stability of the Peninsula and Northeast Asia. In the above principle, China has maintained communication and discussion with other parties concerned at the UN Security Council. Currently, the discussions are still underway.

Q: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez passed away on March 5. What is China's comment?

A: As an outstanding leader of Venezuela and a good friend of the Chinese people, President Chavez has made significant contribution to China-Venezuela friendly and cooperative relations. President Hu Jintao and General Secretary Xi Jinping have respectively sent messages of condolences to Venezuela's acting President Nicolas Maduro and Chairman Wu Bangguo to Speaker Diosdado Cabello of the Venezuelan National Assembly to express deep lament on the death of President Chavez. The Chinese Communist Party, the Chinese government and people cherish the traditional friendship between China and Venezuela and stand ready to work with the Venezuelan side to constantly deepen China-Venezuela strategic partnership of common development so as to benefit the two countries and peoples.

Q: How will China deal with its relations with Venezuela after the death of President Chavez?

A: China values its traditional friendship with Venezuela. Venezuela is an important country in Latin America as well as a friendly country to China. Recently years have seen sound development of China-Venezuela relations in various fields. We are ready to work with the Venezuelan government and people to constantly deepen and push forward China-Venezuela strategic partnership of common development. We are also ready to work with other Latin American countries to make joint efforts for further development of China-Latin America relations.

Q: The ROK said if attacked by the DPRK, it would retaliate and impose sanctions on the DPRK's high-level military officers. What is China's comment?

A: The current situation on the Korean Peninsula is extremely complex and sensitive. We believe it serves the common interests and is also the shared responsibility of all relevant parties to safeguard peace and stability on the Peninsula. Under the current situation, we call on all parties concerned to remain calm and restrained, bear in mind the larger picture of peace and stability of the Peninsula and Northeast Asia, and refrain from taking actions that may escalate the tension.

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