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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on April 8, 2013

2013/04/09

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on April 8, 2013.

Hong Lei started the press conference with the following announcements:

At the invitation of Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council, Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir of Iceland will pay an official visit to China from April 13 to 18.

At the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius of France will visit China from April 12 to 13.

At the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit China from April 13 to 14.

Q: First, it is reported that the DPRK may carry out a fourth nuclear test or launch a medium-range missile in the near future. What is China's comment? Second, US Republican Senator John McCain yesterday said that China should use its leverage to exert further influence on the DPRK. What is China's comment?

A: On your first question, China's position on relevant issues of the Korean Peninsula is clear. The current situation on the Peninsula is sensitive and complex. China opposes any party's actions that may impair peace and stability of the Peninsula.

On your second question, it serves the common interests and is also the shared responsibility of all parties to properly deal with the Korean nuclear issue and safeguard peace and stability of the Peninsula and Northeast Asia. China's position to safeguard peace and stability and realize denuclearization of the Peninsula is clear and resolute, and our unremitting efforts to this end is clear for all to see. China always believes that it is the only correct and effective way to peacefully solve the Korean nuclear issue through dialogue and negotiation. We call on all parties concerned to take the responsibility, return to the track of dialogue and engagement and jointly push forward the denuclearization process of the Korean Peninsula so as to realize long-lasting peace and stability of the Peninsula and Northeast Asia.

Q: Please brief us on the itinerary of US Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to China.

A: During US Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to China, the two sides will exchange views on China-US relations and other issues of common interest. Chinese leaders will meet with him. Currently, China-US relations are at an important historical period that connects the past and future, and face new opportunities of development. China stands ready to work with the US side to earnestly implement the important consensus of the two heads of state, maintain high-level visits, enhance strategic mutual trust, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation across the board, properly manage differences and sensitive issues and push bilateral relations to develop on the