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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on March 28, 2013


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on March 28, 2013.

Q: Russia criticized the Arab summit held in Doha this week for handing Syria's seat to the opposition. What is China's comment?

A: China always believes that political resolution is the only realistic way out for the Syrian issue. What is pressing now is to push the Syrian government and opposition to launch the political dialogue as soon as possible and start the political transition on the basis of the communiqué of the Geneva foreign ministers' meeting of the Action Group. Relevant parties of the international community should play a positive and constructive role to this end.

In order to solve the Syrian issue politically, China has been working on relevant parties in Syria in a balanced way and maintained contact with the Syrian opposition groups including the National Coalition. We will continue to do so.

Q: Please brief us on President Xi Jinping's meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday on the sidelines of the fifth BRICS Leaders Meeting.

A: President Xi Jinping met with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Durban, South Africa on March 27.

Xi Jinping said that China and India are the two largest developing countries who share the historical mission of boosting economic and social development. The world has enough space for the development of both China and India, and also needs their common development. Both countries are now in an important period of strategic opportunities, providing China-India relations with a bright prospect.

Xi Jinping stressed that China regards China-India relations as one of the most important bilateral relationships and is committed to advancing China-India strategic partnership of cooperation. The two should maintain high-level visits and contacts, make good use of political dialogue and consultation at all levels and strengthen strategic and political communication. We should expand military-to-military exchanges and cooperation and deepen military and security mutual trust. We should give full play to cooperation mechanisms such as China-India Strategic Economic Dialogue and explore ways to carry out cooperation in major infrastructure projects. Efforts should be made to promote people-to-people, cultural and youth exchanges. We should enhance coordination and cooperation in multi-lateral organizations such as the UN, the BRICS and the G20, support each other's participation in regional cooperation and jointly promote peace, stability and development of Asia.

In terms of the boundary issue, Xi Jinping said that China and India should develop and make good use of the special representatives mechanism on the China-India boundary issue, so as to find a fair and reasonable solution that is mutually acceptable at an early date. Meanwhile, we should maintain peace and tranquility of the border areas and ensure that the boudary issue will not affect bilateral relations.

Prime Minister Singh said that both India and China are countries of ancient history and civilization and are blessed with a bright future. India admires China's achievements in development and gives priority to developing good-neighbourly relations and realizing common development with China. India hopes that the two can maintain high-level exchanges, dialogue and communication, respect each other's core interests and major concerns, deepen strategic mutual trust, enhance coordination and communication in international affairs, so as to safeguard peace and stability of the region and the world as a whole. India upholds an independent foreign policy and will not be used as a tool to contain China. India will work together with China to demonstrate to the world that India and China are cooperative partners, rather than rivals.

India will abide by the political guidelines set by both sides and seek a solution to the bilateral boundary issue from a strategic height with a commitment to safeguarding peace and tranquility of the border areas.

Singh said that India recognizes the Tibet Autonomous Region as a part of China and does not allow Tibetans to conduct anti-China political activities in India.

Q: The US Congress recently passed a government spending bill which requires government agencies to make a formal assessment of "cyber-espionage or sabotage" risk when considering buying information technology systems from China. What is China's comment?

A: Relevant bill uses cyber security as an excuse to take discriminatory steps against Chinese companies. It does not help with the mutual trust between China and the US and will interfere with bilateral economic and trade relations. We urge the US to abandon the above practice and do more that is conducive to China-US mutual trust and development of bilateral relations.

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