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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on June 4, 2013

2013/06/05

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on June 4, 2013.

Q: It is reported that the sixth China-ROK High-Level Strategic Dialogue between Foreign Ministries was held in Beijing. Please give us more details.

A:Vice Chinese Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui co-chaired the sixth China-ROK High-Level Strategic Dialogue between Foreign Ministries with Kim Kyou-hyun, the first Vice Foreign Minister of the ROK in Beijing on June 3.

Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui said that leaders of both China and the ROK attach great importance to friendly cooperation between the two sides. China puts a premium on the upcoming state visit by President Park Geun-hye to China and stands ready to work closely with the ROK to ensure the success of the visit and bigger progress of China-ROK relations.

Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui also pointed out that China upholds denuclearization, peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and stands for the settlement of the issue through dialogue and consultation. China thinks highly of President Park Geun-hye's proposal of building trust on the Korean Peninsula and encourages the ROK and the DPRK to improve their relations. All parties should engage energetically in dialogue and consultation, create conditions for an early resumption of the Six-Party Talks and work hand in hand to safeguard peace and stability of the Peninsula and turn around the situation at an early date.

Q: First, the Chinese economy is slowing while the US economy is recovering. How will that affect the economic issues on the agenda of the China-US presidential meeting and are there any initiatives they might take? Second, US President Barack Obama is likely to press China to use its economic influence to persuade the DPRK to stop its nuclear programme. How will China respond?

A: On your first question, China is undergoing profound adjustment of economic structure. What we pursue is a better and faster economic growth. We have set a feasible growth target for this year, and the economy is performing well on the whole. We always believe that the recovery of the US economy is beneficial not only to itself but also the world economy. We would like to make joint efforts with the US for global economic recovery in the face of economic difficulties.

In terms of China-US business cooperation, President Xi Jinping recently told President Obama over the phone that China and the US should avoid politicizing trade issues and underpin our mutually beneficial economic relations by sticking to candid dialogue and communication on an equal footing. It serves the interests of both peoples and global economic growth.

During the China-US presidential meeting, the two sides will have an in-depth and strategic exchange of views on major issues concerning the development of bilateral relations so as to build up strategic mutual trust. Relevant economic issue is also an important part of their discussion.

On your second question, China upholds denuclearization, peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and stands for the settlement of the issue through dialogue and consultation. It serves the common interests and is the shared responsibility of all relevant parties. Under the current circumstances, all parties should stay committed to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula as well as durable peace and stability of Northeast Asia and step up communication to turn around the situation and create conditions for an early resumption of the Six-Party Talks.

Q: US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit the Middle East from June 13 to 15 to discuss with Palestine and Israel the process of peace talks. What is China's comment? What is China's plan on further promoting peace talks between Palestine and Israel?

A: There are important opportunities for Palestine and Israel to restart talks. China encourages relevant parties of the international community to redouble efforts to promote peace talks and bring Palestine and Israel back to the table at an early date. China has been energetically supporting and promoting the Middle East peace process. We have recently received Palestinian and Israeli leaders successively and laid out a four-point proposal on the settlement of the Palestinian issue. The Chinese Special Envoy on the Middle East issue is now visiting Egypt, Jordan and other countries in the region. China will continue to commit itself to promoting peace talks and make unremitting efforts for an early, comprehensive and just settlement of the Palestinian issue.

Q: Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga reportedly refuted China by saying that there had never been such consensus between Japan and China as shelving the dispute over the Diaoyu Islands. What is China's comment?

A: During the negotiations on the normalization of China-Japan relations and the signing of the Sino-Japanese Treaty of Peace and Friendship, the then leaders of the two countries, bearing in mind the larger interest of China-Japan relations, reached important common understanding on leaving the issue of the Diaoyu Islands to be resolved later. These are historical facts. What Japan has done since last year betrayed and violated the above understanding and consensus and led to the current tensions over the Diaoyu Islands. We urge once again the Japanese government to face squarely the history, respect facts, give heed to the voice of those far- sighted people in Japan, such as former Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiromu Nonaka, who calls for the recognition of the above consensus between China and Japan and come back to the track of managing and solving the Diaoyu Islands issue through dialogue and consultation.

Q: The US and Japan are going to stage a joint military drill in California, the US from June 10 to practice recapturing a remote island. What is China's comment?

A: We hope that relevant parties could bear in mind regional peace and stability, do more to promote political and security mutual trust and safeguard regional peace and stability.

Q: Choe Ryong Hae, special envoy of DPRK supreme leader Kim Jong-un, recently visited China. But the DPRK still shows no signs of dropping nuclear programme. What is your comment?

A: As I just said, to realize denlearization, uphold peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and solve relevant issue through dialogue and consultation is an irresistible trend that accords with the aspiration of the people. It serves the common interests and is the shared responsibility of all relevant parties. Under the current circumstances, we call on all parties concerned to do more to ease tensions, improve relations and create conditions for an early resumption of the Six-Party Talks.

Despite all the twists and turns since the launch of the Six-Party Talks in 2003, history and facts have shown that the Six-Party Talks is an important mechanism for the realization of peace, stability and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and an important platform for contact, dialogue and improvement of relations among all relevant parties. We hope that all relevant parties could honor their commitments in the September 19 Joint Statement, fulfill all the terms of the Statement and work together for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula as well as durable peace and stability of Northeast Asia. China will make relentless efforts to that end.

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