|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on April 2, 2013|
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on April 2, 2013.
Q: The Korean Central News Agency reported that the DPRK would repair and restart its 5-megawatt graphite-moderated reactor. What is China's comment?
A: We have noted relevant remarks by the DPRK and feel it regretable. It is China's consistent position to realize denuclearization of the Peninsula and safeguard peace and stability of the Peninsula and Northeast Asia. The current situation on the Peninsula is sensitive and complex. We call on relevant parties to remain calm, exercise restraint, return to the track of dialogue and negotiation as soon as possible and jointly seek a proper solution.
Q: It is reported that President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan will pay a state visit to China this week. Please give us more details.
A: At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan will pay a state visit to China and attend the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2013 from April 6 to 8, during which President Xi Jinping will hold formal talks with him and the two leaders will co-witness the signing of bilateral cooperation documents between relevant ministries and enterprises of the two countries. President Nazarbayev will attend and address the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2013.
This visit by President Nazarbayev is the first high-level visit between China and Kazakhstan this year and is of great significance to promoting China-Kazakhstan comprehensive strategic partnership and expanding bilateral practical cooperation across the board.
Q: Will China consider unilateral sanctions against the DPRK for its announcement of restarting the Yongbyon nuclear reactor?
A: I have made clear China's position. We believe dialogue and negotiation should be upheld to fundamentally solve the Korean nuclear issue, while sanctions are not the final solution to settle the problem. We hope relevant parties will return to the track of dialogue and negotiation as soon as possible, jointly seek a proper solution, address each other's concerns within the Six-Party Talks in a balanced way and push forward the denuclearization process of the Korean Peninsula so as to realize long-lasting peace and stability in Northeast Asia.
Q: First, do you think Chinese navy's exercise in the South China Sea last week may strike fear and concern into neighbouring countries? Second, does China worry that the recent tension in Northeast Asia will escalate to a war?
A: On your first question, China's position on the South China Sea issue is consistent and clear. China has made tremendous efforts to safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea area, which is clear for all to see.
On your second question, we believe that war and chaos on the Korean Peninsula are in no one's interests. 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 bear in mind the bigger picture, remain calm, exercise restraint, resume dialogue and negotiation, improve relations and push forward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula so as to safeguard long-lasting peace and stability in Northeast Asia.