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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on May 20, 2013


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on May 20, 2013.

Hong Lei started the press conference with the following announcement:

At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, President Mahinda Rajapaksa of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka will pay a state visit to China from May 27 to 30.

At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, President José Alberto Mujica Cordano of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay will pay a working visit to China from May 25 to 28.

Q: The DPRK has fired five short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan since May 18. The ROK said that it would intensify monitoring and remain on alert, while the US State Department called on the DPRK to exercise restraint. What is China's comment?

A: China has noted relevant reports and the reaction of different parties. To uphold peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula is an irresistible trend that lives up to people's common aspiration. It also serves the common interests and is the shared responsibility of all parties. Under the current circumstances, we hope that all relevant parties could bear in mind the larger interests of peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula, do more to ease the tension and improve relations and solve problems through dialogue and consultation.

Q: It is reported that a Chinese fishing boat was detained by the DPRK in waters off Dalian. Please give us more details. What has China done up till now?

A: China is in close communication with the DPRK on the detention of the Chinese fishing boat and has lodged representations with the DPRK through relevant channels, asking it to swiftly and properly handle this incident, protect Chinese fishermen's safety and properties and safeguard their legitimate rights and interests.

Q: Please brief us on Premier Li Keqiang's visit to India and his talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

A: Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council arrived in New Delhi on the afternoon of May 19 and started his official visit to India.

In his written speech at the airport, Premier Li Keqiang said that China and India are friendly neighbours joined by mountains and rivers. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties, bilateral relations have made remarkable progress. Entering the new century, China and India have increasingly intensified their political interactions and broadened their practical cooperation. Interests of the two countries have been constantly intertwined, as both sides are accelerating their development, bolstering economic growth and improving people's livelihood. Cooperation between China and India means exchanges and mutual learning between two major civilizations, connection and complementarity between two big markets, common development of two major emerging economies and win-win cooperation between two big neighbours. Peace, friendship and cooperation for revival between China and India serves the fundamental interests of the two countries and two peoples, and is also good news for Asia and the world at large.

Premier Li Keqiang said that China treats India as an important partner and friend. He expects to have an in-depth exchange of views with Indian leaders on bilateral relations as well as international and regional issues of common interest and listen to the opinions and suggestions from all circles of India on the development of China-India relations. It is believed that the visit can enhance mutual trust, deepen cooperation, broaden common interests, cement bilateral friendship and inject fresh impetus to China-India strategic and cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity.

On the same day, Premier Li Keqiang held a small-scale meeting with Indian Prime Minister Singh. Premier Li Keqiang said that China and India are important neighbours and the two most populous emerging markets in the world. Their relations are of strategic significance. Practical cooperation and common development of the two countries will deliver benefits to the two peoples, and contribute to peace, stability and prosperity of the region and beyond.

Premier Li Keqiang said that China-India relations have made much headway over recent years. President Xi Jinping recently met with Prime Minister Singh on the sidelines of the fifth BRICS Leaders Meeting. He also held a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Singh after taking office. Leaders of the two countries have consensus on taking bilateral relations to a new level. This visit is to show to the whole world that China and India enjoy increasingly enhanced political mutual trust and broadened practical cooperation, and common interests between the two countries far outweigh differences. The two countries definitely have the willingness, wisdom and ability to jointly nurture new highlights of cooperation in Asia, create new engines for world economy, provide enormous development potential and market demands for Asia and the world and push forward China-India strategic and cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity.

Prime Minister Singh said that the Indian government and people are greatly honored that India is the first leg of Premier Li Keqiang's first foreign visit since taking office. He always believes that there is enough space in the world for the common development of India and China. India and China are cooperative partners, rather than rivals. Cooperation between the two countries are of great significance to the two peoples and world peace and prosperity. India highly values its relations with China and stands ready to make joint efforts with China to press ahead with practical cooperation, control and manage border disputes and bring bilateral strategic and cooperative partnership to a new high.

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