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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on June 21, 2013

2013/06/22

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on June 21, 2013.

Q: Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said on June 19 that the Philippines had rotated and supplied its marines on the Ren'ai Reef. What is China's comment?

A: China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha islands including the Ren'ai Reef and their adjacent waters. China is resolute and firm in safeguarding its national sovereignty and never accepts the Philippines' illegal occupation of the Ren'ai Reef in any form. China urges the Philippine side to stop all provocative words and deeds and make concerted efforts with China to uphold peace and stability in the South China Sea and promote cooperation.

Q: Please brief us on the meeting between Foreign Minister Wang Yi and DPRK's First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan today.

A: We will release relevant information in due course.

Q: First, please brief us on Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan's visit to China. Second, some Chinese media said that the situation on the Korean Peninsula had taken a turn for the better. What is your comment?

A: On the first question, please refer to the press release about the recent strategic dialogue between foreign ministries of China and the DPRK co-chaired by Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui and Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan.

On the second question, I haven't seen the report. My understanding is that there has been a positive momentum of easing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, and this is the hard-won result of all parties' concerted efforts which deserves to be cherished. We hope that all parties could cherish and seize the opportunity, maintain dialogue and contact, increase mutual trust, improve relations, solve relevant issues through dialogue and consultation, push for further relaxation of the situation on the Peninsula and create conditions for an early resumption of the Six-Party Talks. China will continue to work actively for the denuclearization, peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula together with all parties.

Q: Who will China send to the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meetings next week?

A: We will release relevant information in due course.

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