|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on May 24, 2013|
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on May 24, 2013.
Q: Please update us on the visit to China by Choe Ryong Hae, special envoy of First Secretary Kim Jong-un of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK).
A: Yesterday afternoon, Liu Yunshan, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau and Secretary of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, met with Choe Ryong Hae, special envoy of WPK's First Secretary Kim Jong-un and member of the Politburo Presidium of the WPK.
Liu Yunshan said that to constantly cement and develop China-DPRK friendly relations has been the consistent position of the Party and government of China. We stand ready to work with the DPRK to enhance communication and expand common ground for the healthy and steady development of bilateral relations.
Liu Yunshan pointed out that peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula serves the common interests of regional countries. It is hoped that parties concerned could stay committed to denuclearization, peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the settlement of relevant issue through dialogue and consultation, take concrete actions to ease the tension, actively conduct dialogue and consultation, resume the Six-Party Talks as soon as possible and make unremitting efforts for denuclearization of the Peninsula and lasting peace and stability in Northeast Asia.
Choe Ryong Hae said that his visit to China as the special envoy of First Secretary Kim Jong-un is to improve, cement and develop DPRK-China relations. The DPRK side is willing to make joint efforts with China for the continuous development of bilateral relations. Choe Ryong Hae said that the DPRK hopes to concentrate on economic development and people's well-being and create peaceful external environment. The DPRK applauds China's tremendous efforts for upholding peace and stability of the Peninsula and bringing the issue back to the track of dialogue and consultation. The DPRK is willing to accept China's proposal for dialogue with parties concerned.
The competent authorities will release relevant information on Choe Ryong Hae's itinerary today in due course.
Q: First, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe starts his visit to Myanmar today to bolster Japan-Myanmar business ties. What is your comment? Second, analysts say that Myanmar tends to gradually shake off China's influence. What is China's comment?
A: On your first question, we have taken note of relevant reports. China is willing to see Myanmar develop normal state-to-state relations with other countries and carry out cooperation on an equal footing in a bid to promote its own economic development and the well-being of its people.
On your second question, China and Myanmar have long maintained sound relations and enjoyed profound Paukphaw (fraternal) friendship. The two countries have carried out mutually beneficial cooperation across the board to the benefit of the two peoples. We have every confidence in the development of China-Myanmar relations.
Q: President Jose Alberto Mujica Cordano of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay will visit China tomorrow. What is China's expectation for the visit?
A: At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, President Jose Alberto Mujica Cordano of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay will pay a working visit to China from May 25 to 28.
During the visit, President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders will hold talks and meet with President Mujica. The two sides will have an extensive and in-depth exchange of views on China-Uruguay relations as well as international and regional issues of common interest. They will also sign several cooperation documents.
China-Uruguay relations have maintained a sound growth momentum as evidenced by frequent high-level interactions and ever-deepening political mutual trust. Bilateral business cooperation has been growing in size, with two-way trade volume reaching 4.3 billion US dollars last year, an increase of 27% year on year. China is the largest trading partner of Uruguay. The two sides have steadily pushed forward their cooperation in automobile manufacturing, telecommunications, finance, and chemicals. People-to-people and cultural exchanges have also become increasingly dynamic.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Uruguay. We hope that President Mujica's visit could lift our relations to a new high.
Q: What does Choe Ryong Hae's visit mean to China-DPRK relations and the situation on the Korean Peninsula?
A: We hope that the visit could cement and develop China-DPRK relations, ease the tension, promote denuclearization, peace and stability of the Peninsula, and push forward the settlement of relevant issue through dialogue and consultation.