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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on March 22, 2013


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on March 22, 2013.

Q: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei recently said that if Israel launched a military strike against Iran, Iran would fight back with force. What is China's comment?

A: China always believes that state-to-state relations should be handled on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. We hope relevant parties could properly solve their differences through dialogue and negotiation and jointly safeguard regional peace and security.

Q: Head of the Brazilian Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade reportedly said on March 21 that Brazil hopes to sign a currency swap agreement with China during the fifth BRICS Leaders Meeting. What is China's position?

A: Recently, the People's Bank of China and the Central Bank of Brazil reached consensus on the text of an agreement to establish a bilateral currency swap mechanism worth RMB 190 billion (BRL 60 billion ) and planned to sign the agreement in the near future. Establishment of China-Brazil bilateral currency swap mechanism is conducive to strengthening bilateral financial cooperation, facilitating economic and trade exchanges and jointly safeguarding financial stability.

Q: It is reported that a suicide terrorist bomb attack at a mosque in Syrian capital Damascus on March 21 caused a number of casualties, including the death of the famous Syrian religious leader Sheikh Mohammed al-Buti. What is China's comment?

A: China condemns all forms of terrorism. We once again urge relevant parties in Syria to immediately cease fire and stop violence, launch the political dialogue and implement the political transition on the basis of international consensus including the communiqué of the Geneva foreign ministers' meeting of the Action Group as soon as possible so as to restore national peace and stability at an early date.

Q: First, please brief us on the Japan-China Economic Association delegation's visit to China. Second, head of the delegation said that Japanese companies are willing to provide China with experience and technologies on improving air quality. What is China's comment?

A: On your first question, Chairman of the China-Japan Friendship Association Tang Jiaxuan met with the Japan-China Economic Association delegation in Beijing on March 21. Tang Jiaxuan pointed out that the Diaoyu Islands issue is the crux of the current difficult situation of China-Japan relations. The only way out for the Diaoyu Islands issue is that Japan should face up to the history and reality, and work with China to manage and solve the issue through dialogue and negotiation.

Tang Jiaxuan said that China and Japan are important neighbours. China remains committed to the policy of valuing the development of China-Japan good-neighborly friendship and cooperation. Economic cooperation and trade has been part and parcel of China-Japan relations as well as the important foundation and guarantee of the continuous development of bilateral relations in the past 40 years since the normalization of diplomatic ties. We hope that the Japan-China Economic Association will further enhance communication and cooperation with China in the economic and trade sector, and continue to play its unique role in contributing to the improvement and development of China-Japan relations.

The Japanese side said that healthy and stable development of Japan-China relations is of great significance to the prosperity and stability of Asia and the world. Japan is ready to continue expanding and deepening communication and cooperation with China in economic, trade, cultural and other fields to push Japan-China relations back to the track of normal development at an early date.

On your second question, China is ready to cooperate with Japan in relevant fields. Meanwhile, we hope the Japanese business community will play a positive role and make contributions to bringing bilateral relations back to the track of normal development. China hopes good China-Japan relations will create better conditions for further economic cooperation and trade between the two countries.

Q: The ROK side has confirmed that the recent large-scale hacker attacks against its TV stations and financial institutions were not from China. What is China's response?

A: We have answered relevant question. It is the common challenge faced by the international community to deal with cyber attacks and safeguard cyber security. China always stands for building a peaceful, secure, open and cooperative cyberspace and formulating relevant rules to serve the common interests of the international community. We believe that the UN should play an important role in this. China stands ready to carry out constructive cooperation with all countries to safeguard peace and security of the cyberspace on the basis of mutual respect and trust.

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