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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on September 5, 2013


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on September 5, 2013.

Q: Premier Li Keqiang is going to attend the Summer Davos. Please brief us on his itinerary. What is China's expectation for this year's forum?

A: The Seventh Summer Davos will be held in Dalian from September 11 to 13 with the theme "Meeting the Innovation Imperative" and sub-topics of innovation, industry, market and risk. The Forum will focus on the above theme and sub-topics and hold the opening ceremony, entrepreneurs' dialogue and over 100 sub-forums of various kinds. About 1600 political leaders, government officials, entrepreneurs, scholars and media leaders from over 80 countries will attend the activities.

Premier Li will attend and address the opening ceremony, have dialogues and exchanges with business representatives, and meet with leaders and key political figures from Armenia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, Malta and other countries.

The Forum is held when the world economy is undergoing profound adjustments, the Chinese economy is turning for the better and all sides are keenly interested in the prospects of world economic recovery, economic trend of emerging markets and relevant China's policies. We hope that focusing on the theme of "innovation", participants to the forum will put heads together to give an objective analysis of economic and financial situation and create positive energy for world economy.

Q: The European Chamber of Commerce issued a report on September 5, saying that foreign companies were being unfairly targeted in the investigations into bribery and corruption of the pharmaceutical sector. What is China's comment?

A: Despite the slow and bumpy recovery of the world economy as well as the mounting uncertainties and instabilities faced by international cooperation in trade and investment, China still enjoys the competitive edge in attracting foreign investment. It speaks volumes about the international investors' confidence in the development prospect of China, the increasingly high premium they put on the market potentials of China and the recognition they give to China's investment environment.

China will stick to the win-win strategy of opening up, make greater efforts to improve investment environment, continuously optimize public services and management as well as the market system, create a level, stable and transparent investment environment for investors, protect the lawful rights and interests of foreign-funded enterprises in accordance with law and treat investors from different countries and regions as equals. We believe that with the concerted efforts of China and foreign countries, foreign-funded enterprises will embrace a brighter prospect in the course of China's economic development. We also hope that relevant enterprises could abide by Chinese laws and regulations when doing business in China.

Q: It is reported that China suggests that an international conference participated by senior officials of the Six-Party Talks member states be held in Beijing this month. Please confirm and give us more details.

A: This year marks the eighth anniversary of the September 19 Joint Statement and the tenth anniversary of the Six-Party Talks. On September 18, China Institute of International Studies will hold an international seminar in commemoration of the two anniversaries to review the past and look into the future of the Six-Party Talks.

Since it was initiated ten years ago in 2003, the Six-Party Talks on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue has produced important outcomes including the September 19 Joint Statement on the one hand and suffered setbacks on the other. What has happened shows that peaceful solution to the issue through dialogue and consultation serves the common interests of all relevant parties. The Six-Party Talks remains a practical and effective mechanism for realizing denuclearization on the Peninsula and upholding peace and stability there as well as a major platform for improving relations among all parties. All parties should continue to advance the Six-Party Talks process, stick to the September 19 Joint Statement and properly resolve relevant issues through dialogue and consultation.

As the chair of the Six-Party Talks, China will continue to cooperate with all relevant parties to work tirelessly for an early resumption of the Six-Party Talks, denuclearization on the Peninsula and enduring peace and stability on the Peninsula and in the Northeast Asia.

Q: Will Chinese and US presidents meet on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg?

A: President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama will hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg. The two sides will have an in-depth exchange of views on China-US relations as well as international and regional issues of common interest. We will release relevant information in a timely fashion.

Q: There have been concerns that perhaps the G20 will be dominated by the arguments between the US and Russia over Syria. Is China also concerned that the Syrian issue will distract the G20 from dealing with the world economic issue?

A: As the world economy is recovering slowly, the international community is paying much attention to issues such as how to overcome the current difficulties and give a boost to world economic recovery. High expectation has also been given to this year's G20 Summit. We are of the view that the G20 should focus on its role, give a real response to the international community's concerns, coordinate different countries' macro-economic policies, press ahead with international economic and financial governance, trade liberalization and development agenda, so as to unleash the positive energy of the G20 Summit in international economy.

Q: US Senate Foreign Relations Committee reportedly approved a resolution yesterday that authorized President Obama to take limited military action against Syria. The resolution might be put to a vote in the Senate next week. What is China's comment?

A: China is opposed to the use of chemical weapons. This position is consistent and clear-cut. Whoever used chemical weapons, if proven, should be held accountable. China supports the UN investigation team in carrying out objective and impartial investigation. The next move should be decided by the UN Security Council on the basis of the final investigation report. Unilateral military action runs counter to the international law and basic norms governing international relations. It will further complicate the Syrian issue and add to regional turmoil. Under the current circumstances, we call on all relevant parties to keep calm, exercise restraints and adhere to the political settlement of the Syrian issue.

Q: The Philippines reportedly claimed that new concrete blocks were spotted on the Huangyan Island. The Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said that China is pushing ahead its territorial claim before the code of conduct (COC) is formulated, jeopardizing regional peace and stability. How does China respond?

A: I made clear China's position on this issue yesterday. The Huangyan Island is an integral part of China's territory. The Philippines should respect China's territorial sovereignty. If the Philippines truly cares about the COC, it should take concrete actions to honor and implement the DOC and create necessary conditions and environment for consultations on the COC, rather than make trouble out of nothing.

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