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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on September 3, 2013

2013/09/03

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on September 3, 2013.

Q: Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the 8th G20 Summit. What is China's expectation for the Summit?

A: There is insufficient driving force for world economic growth. Deep-seated and structural problems exposed by the international financial crisis are yet to be removed. All parties expect that G20 members will continue to build cooperative partnership, strengthen coordination of macro-economic policies, and work together to promote world economic recovery. The theme of this Summit is growth and employment. There will be discussions on world economic growth and financial stability, employment and investment, development and trade. President Xi Jinping will attend the Summit, and on the margins of the Summit, attend informal meeting of BRICS leaders and have meetings with leaders of some countries and international organizations.

China expects the following from the G20 Summit at St. Petersburg. First, the G20 members should demonstrate the G20 spirit of partnership. All parties need to adopt responsible macro-economic policies, strengthen coordination and cooperation of macro-economic policies and make their policies support rather than confront each other and supplement rather than exclude each other. Second, the members should work to reform international financial system, implement as soon as possible the decision of the IMF on quota reform and increase the representation and voice of emerging markets and developing countries in international financial institutions. Third, the members should work to create a free, open, fair and just international trade environment, work for positive results and an early harvest of the Doha Round negotiations, ensure the openness, inclusiveness and transparency of all kinds of regional free trade arrangements so that WTO rules will not be violated and exclusive trade standards will not be introduced. Fourth, the members should contribute to solving the issue of global development, continue to send a positive signal that the G20 attaches importance to the issue of development, commits to helping developing countries develop and will always be their development partner. Fifth, the members should work to strengthen institutional building of the G20, build up consensus, respect each other's legitimate concerns and ensure that the G20 continues to contribute to world economic growth and global economic governance.

Q: Does the Chinese government believe the evidence given by the US on chemical weapons used in Syria?

A: I elaborated on China's position yesterday. China is opposed to the use of chemical weapons by anyone, any force and any country and supports the UN in carrying out independent, impartial, objective and professional investigation. Any action taken by the international community should be based on the results of the UN investigation, which will answer questions like whether chemical weapons were used and who used them. That is the premise and condition for the international community's actions in the future.

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