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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on April 1, 2013


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on April 1, 2013.

Q: It is reported that spokesperson of Michel Djotodia, leader of the "Seleka" rebel coalition in Central Africa and "president of the transitional government", issued a statement, announcing establishment of a caretaker government in which Nicolas Tiangaye is kept as prime minister and Michel Djotodia is defence minister. What is China's comment?

A: China follows closely the situation in Central Africa. We call on relevant parties in Central Africa to bear in mind the fundamental interests of the country and people, earnestly implement the Libreville Agreement and solve the crisis through political means so as to restore normal order of the country as soon as possible and safeguard social stability and national solidarity. China stands ready to work with the international community to play an active role in helping to bring about long-lasting peace and stability in Central Africa.

Q: It is reported that the Final United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) failed to agree on the treaty text of international conventional arms trade. What is China's position?

A: China supports a negotiated agreement on the ATT and has always actively participated in ATT negotiations within the UN framework in a serious, responsible and constructive manner. We are ready to work with relevant parties to make continuous efforts in regulating international conventional arms trade and combatting arms trafficking.

Q: The 19th China-ASEAN Countries' Senior Officials Consultation will be held in Beijing on April 2. Which Chinese official will lead a delegation to the meeting? Please brief us on the main topics and China's expectation of the meeting.

A: According to the consensus between China and ASEAN, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui and Sihasak Phuangketkeow, Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Thailand, the coordinator country for China-ASEAN relations, will co-chair the 19th China-ASEAN Countries' Senior Officials Consultation in Beijing on April 2. The Consultation is an important annual political consultation mechanism between senior officials of foreign ministries of China and ASEAN countries. It has been operating well since its inception in 1995 and has become an important platform to promote communication and cooperation between China and ASEAN.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of China-ASEAN strategic partnership. The two sides will review the development of bilateral relations in the past ten years, plan a series of celebration events, focus on deepening and upgrading bilateral strategic partnership and promote practical cooperation in various fields such as the Free Trade Area, interconnectivity, maritime affairs and social and people-to-people exchanges. The two sides will also exchange views on international and regional issues of common interest.

Q: It is reported that Kenya's Supreme Court upheld the result of the March 4 presidential election, making Uhuru Kenyatta the new President. What is China's comment?

A: China has noted the verdict by Kenya's Supreme Court on the result of the presidential election on March 4 and the general acceptance of the verdict by all sectors of Kenya, including the other presidential candidate Raila Odinga. We hope relevant parties in Kenya will continue to work together for national stability and development.

China stands ready to work closely with Kenya's new government to push bilateral friendly relations to a new high and benefit the two peoples.

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