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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on September 9, 2013

2013/09/09

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on September 9, 2013.

Hong Lei started the press conference with the following announcement.

At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, King Abdullah II Bin Al-Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan will pay a state visit to China from September 15 to 18.

Q: What is China's comment on Tony Abbott being elected as the new Australian Prime Minister?

A: China congratulates Mr. Abbott on being elected as the new Prime Minister of the Commonwealth government. Premier Li Keqiang has already sent a congratulatory message to him.

China and Australia, as two important countries in the Asia-Pacific region, share broad common interests. The enhancement of friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation between China and Australia not only serves the fundamental interests of the two peoples, but also contributes to stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region and the world as a whole.

China attaches great importance to the growth of China-Australia relations. Following a strategic and long-term perspective, China is ready to work with the new Australian government to expand exchanges and cooperation in various fields and push forward strategic partnership on the basis of equality, mutual respect and mutual benefit.

Q: The Japanese Defence Ministry said on September 9 that an unidentified drone was spotted near the Diaoyu Island. Does China know anything about that?

A: I am not aware of what you said. I want to stress that the Diaoyu Islands are China's inherent territory. China is resolute and determined to defend its sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands. In the meantime, we maintain that relevant issue should be managed and solved through dialogue and consultation. We hope that Japan could face up to history and facts and make concrete efforts to properly solve the issue of the Diaoyu Islands together with China.

Q: Sources of the ROK and US governments said on September 8 that the two countries had mapped out a joint operational plan which outlined concrete political, diplomatic and military measures to respond to the DPRK nuclear threat, adding that the plan will be signed at a security meeting between the ROK and the US in early October in Seoul. What is China's comment?

A: China always stands for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and maintains that peace and stability of the Peninsula should be upheld and relevant issue should be solved through dialogue and consultation. Under the current circumstances, all relevant parties should have the big picture in mind, do more to ease the tension, make joint efforts to create enabling conditions for the resumption of talks and stay committed to solving relevant issue under the framework of the Six-Party Talks.

Q: Cambodia's election committee on September 8 confirmed the victory of the Cambodia People's Party led by Hun Sen in the general election. What is China's comment?

A: China congratulates the Cambodia People's Party on its victory. General Secretary Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang have sent messages of congratulation respectively to Chairman Chea Sim of the Cambodia People's Party and Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Recent years have witnessed political stability, economic development and gratifying accomplishments achieved by Cambodia on the path of development suited to its national conditions. We hope that all sectors of Cambodia will bear in mind the wellbeing of the country and the people, and uphold solidarity and stability. As a friendly neighbour of Cambodia, China is ready to provide assistance as its capacity allows to Cambodia in its national development and improvement of people's livelihood, and push forward the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between China and Cambodia.

Q: First, Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State John Kerry on the Syrian issue on September 8. Please give us more details. Second, China hosted a very successful Olympic Games in 2008. Will China share relevant experience with Tokyo, who has just won the bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games?

A: On your first question, on September 8 local time, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a telephone conversation in Tashkent with US Secretary of State Kerry at the latter's request.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that the meeting between President Xi Jinping and President Obama in St. Petersburg was very successful. The two sides had a candid and in-depth exchange of views on issues of common interest and reached a range of important consensus. This meeting will have an important impact on the building of a new model of major-country relations between China and the US. China will continue to enhance communication and cooperation with the US along the course set by the two presidents, in a bid to ensure the sound and stable development of China-US relations.

The two sides exchanged views on the Syrian issue. Foreign Minister Wang Yi underlined that in order to uphold the basic norms governing international relations and to oppose the use of chemical weapons, we should come back to the framework of the UN Security Council to seek consensus and explore proper settlement, instead of the contrary. As permanent members of the UN Security Council, China and the US should take the lead in defending the purposes of the UN Charter and give full play to the important role of the UN Security Council in safeguarding international peace and security. Foreign Minister Wang Yi reiterated China's principled position on opposing the use of force in international relations and urged relevant countries to be doubly cautious and think twice before taking actions.

The two sides agreed to stay in touch on this issue.

On your second question, both China and Japan are members of the Olympic family. We would like to share with the Japanese side our experience in hosting the Olympic Games.

After the press conference, when asked whether the Chinese Olympic Committee had extended congratulations to Japan, Hong Lei said that the Chinese Olympic Committee had congratulated Tokyo on winning the bid to host the Olympic Games.

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