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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on May 3, 2013

2013/05/04

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on May 3, 2013.

Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcement:

At the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid of the Republic of India will pay an official visit to China from May 9 to 10.

Q: Please give us more details on Indian Foreign Minister Khurshid's visit to China. What is China's comment on the current China-India relations and the confrontation incident in the western section of the China-India border?

A: Foreign Minister Khurshid's visit is one of this year's important high-level exchanges between China and India. During his visit, Chinese leaders will meet with him and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will hold talks with him. The two sides will have in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations and issues of common interest.

China-India relations have made considerable progress over recent years, as evidenced by ever-deepening political mutual trust, fruitful results of practical cooperation as well as sound coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs. We are ready to boost China-India strategic cooperative partnership through this visit together with the Indian side.

While actively developing friendly cooperation, China and India are also committed to removing differences, including the boundary one through peaceful negotiations and preventing these differences from getting in the way of bilateral relations. The two sides are in communication through the working mechanism for consultation and coordination on boundary affairs, border meetings and diplomatic channels for a solution to the incident in part of the western section of the China-India border. China is willing to maintain peace and tranquility of the China-India border area together with the Indian side.

Q: The 2013 Defence White Paper released by Australia today stated that "the Australian government does not approach China as an adversary" and "welcomes China's rise". Does this address China's concern over Australia's support of the US' presence in the Pacific? Does China think that Australia has to make a choice between China and the US?

A: We have noted the 2013 Defence White Paper released by Australia today, which regards China as a partner rather than an adversary, welcomes and encourages China's peaceful rise and believes that China's peaceful development delivers benefits to states around the globe. The paper demonstrates the importance placed by Australia on the development of China-Australia relations as well as Australia's positive attitude. During Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's recent successful visit to China, the two countries decided to upgrade bilateral relations to a strategic partnership of mutual trust and mutual benefit. We hope that with the delivery of the Defence White Paper, Australia could transform its strategic partnership with China into concrete cooperation in various fields. We also hope that Australia could hold on to its positive view on China's development and strategic intent, work together with China to constantly enhance our mutual trust and mutually beneficial cooperation and push forward China-Australia strategic partnership.

China, Australia and the US are important states in the Asia Pacific. Sound interactions and mutually beneficial cooperation among us will help maintain and promote regional peace, stability, prosperity and development. We hope that interactions among relevant parties could inject positive energy into regional prosperity and stability.

Q: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's visit to China partly overlaps with that of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Will the two leaders meet in Beijing? Will China make such an arrangement?

A: China has been supporting the Middle East Peace Process and sincerely hopes that Palestine and Israel could resume peace talks at an early date for substantial progress. China stands ready to play a positive and constructive role to that end. If the two leaders are willing to meet in China, we will be glad to provide necessary assistance.

Q: Australia's 2013 Defence White Paper also asks China to further increase its military transparency. How does China respond?

A: The spokesperson of China's National Defence Ministry has recently elaborated on relevant issue, to which you may refer.

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