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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on April 3, 2013


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on April 3, 2013.

Q: The ROK media reported that the DPRK denied ROK workers' entry to the Kaesong Industrial Park today. What is China's comment?

A: Improvement of relations, reconciliation and cooperation between the DPRK and the ROK are conducive to peace and stability of the Peninsula. We hope the two sides could solve relevant issue through dialogue and negotiation.

Q: The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) was adopted by vote at the UN General Assembly in New York yesterday. China has supported and participated in the negotiation process of the treaty. Why did China abstain from the vote? Will China sign and ratify the treaty?

A: China always supports a negotiated ATT that is acceptable to all parties by consensus and favors the treaty's purpose to regulate arms trade.

However, China is not in favor of forcing through the treaty at the General Assembly. We believe avoiding consensus may lead to wider differences and even confrontation. Neither is it helpful for the effectiveness and universality of the treaty. Based on the above, China abstained from the vote at the General Assembly and made explanatory remarks to stress that the above practice should not set a precedent.

China stands ready to strengthen cooperation with relevant parties to make joint efforts for a regulated and reasonable order of arms trade. As for signing and ratifying the treaty, we will make a decision in accordance with our national conditions and relevant international situation in due course.

Q: Is China holding dialogues and negotiations with the DPRK and the ROK on the current situation of the Korean Peninsula?

A: China maintains close communication with all other parties of the Six-Party Talks on the current situation of the Korean Peninsula. We have repeatedly made clear our position on relevant issue recently.

Q: Please confirm that the P5 plus one countries and Iran will hold a new round of talks in Almaty, Kazakstan. Will China send a delegation? What is China's expectation of the talks?

A: The P5 plus one countries and Iran have agreed to hold a new round of talks in Almaty from April 5 to 6. Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu will lead a delegation to the talks.

This February's talks in Almaty was the first step toward launching substantive negotiations on the Iranian nuclear issue. Afterwards, the P5 plus one countries and Iran held an expert-level meeting in Istanbul in March, during which the two sides had concrete discussions on relevant solution proposals and enhanced understanding of each other's position. We hope all parties concerned will, on the above basis, actively seek consensus at the upcoming talks, fully accommodate each other's concerns and take concrete actions to build trust at an early date.

In the firm belief that dialogue and negotiation is the only correct way to properly solve the Iranian nuclear issue, China has unremittingly facilitated talks and played a constructive role in upholding and pushing forward the dialogue process. We stand ready to make continuous efforts with other parties concerned for progress in the new round of talks.

Q: The US called on China to use its special influence on the DPRK for denuclearization on the Peninsula. What is China's response?

A: It serves the common interests and is also the shared responsibility of all relevant parties to safeguard peace and stability and realize denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Under the current situation, China believes that all parties concerned should remain calm, exercise restraint and refrain from taking provocative actions, let alone actions that may worsen the situation. We hope relevant parties can take a long-term perspective, actively hold dialogues and keep contact, improve relations, push for a turnaround of the situation and press forward the denuclearization process of the Peninsula so as to realize long-lasting peace and stability of the Peninsula.

Q: The EU has recently decided to delay its Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) measures against international airlines for a year, but still required international flights of foreign airlines operating within the EU to participate in its ETS, who will otherwise face punitive measures. What is China's comment?

A: China welcomes the EU's decision to suspend its unilateral ETS measures, but will not accept its practice of bringing foreign international flights that operate within it into the ETS.

China always stands for joint efforts to deal with climate change through international cooperation under multilateral mechanisms such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in accordance with the principles and regulations of the UNFCCC and opposes unilateral actions. We hope that the EU could continue to work with all parties concerned to properly deal with differences in a constructive manner.

Q: The Peruvian President and Mexican President will visit China next week. Please brief us on their itineraries and the current relations between China and the two countries.

A: At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, President Ollanta Humala of Peru will pay a state visit to China and attend the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference from April 5 to 9. During the visit, President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council and Chairman Yu Zhengsheng of the CPPCC will hold talks and meet with him respectively to have an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations and other issues of common interest.

Peru was one of the first Latin American countries to establish diplomatic ties with China. The past 42 years have seen the smooth development of China-Peru relations, constant high-level visits, robust cultural and people-to-people exchanges, productive practical cooperation across the board and close coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs. China attaches great importance to developing its relations with Peru from a strategic height and stands ready to work with Peru to further expand friendly exchanges, deepen practical cooperation and promote the comprehensive and in-depth development of China-Peru strategic partnership.

At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, President Peña Nieto of Mexico will visit China and attend the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference from April 5 to 7, during which President Xi Jinping will hold talks with him and the two sides will have an extensive and in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations and other issues of common interest.

Since the establishment of diplomatic ties 41 years ago, especially since the establishment of strategic partnership in 2003, China-Mexico relations have made substantial progress as evidenced by frequent high-level visits, deepening political mutual trust, increasing cooperation across the board and close coordination and cooperation in international affairs. China stands ready to work with Mexico to constantly deepen cooperation of mutual benefit and promote the long-term, healthy and stable development of China-Mexico strategic partnership.

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