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


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 con