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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on October 8, 2013


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on October 8, 2013.

Q: What is China's expectation for the upcoming meetings of East Asia leaders? Will there be further progress on the discussions on the code of conduct in the South China Sea (COC)?

A: The overall situation in East Asia is stable. We have seen sustained economic growth of countries in the region and continuous advancement of regional cooperation. However, there are still many uncertainties in international and regional landscapes. To safeguard regional peace and stability, properly deal with financial risks, promote regional integration and pursue common development meet the common aspiration of countries in the region and are on the top of the agenda of the upcoming meetings of East Asia leaders. We hope that these meetings will focus on enhancing regional cooperation, in a bid to properly deal with financial and economic risks faced by countries in the region and secure common development.

With regard to your question about the COC, China's position is clear. China and ASEAN countries have reached consensus on safeguarding peace and stability in the South China Sea. On the Sixth Senior Officials' Meeting and the Ninth Joint Working Group Meeting on the Implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), all participants agreed to further implement the DOC in a comprehensive and effective manner and steadily press ahead with the COC process while fully and effectively implementing the DOC under the principle of "seeking gradual progress and consensus through consultations". We are ready to stay in close communication with ASEAN countries and jointly safeguard peace and stability of the South China Sea.

Q: It is reported that inspectors of the UN and the Organization on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have arrived in Syria and are proceeding to the destruction of chemical weapons. What is China's comment on this development? Please brief us on China's sending of experts to participate in the verification and destruction of chemical weapons in Syria.

A: China welcomes the recent positive development regarding the issue of chemical weapons in Syria. China supports the decision and resolution respectively adopted by the Executive Council of the OPCW and the UN Security Council and hopes that relevant decision and resolution could be fully implemented and relevant parties could create favorable conditions to that end.

China supports the positive role of the OPCW in the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria in accordance with relevant decision by the Executive Council of the OPCW. China is ready to send experts to participate in relevant work and provide financial support in this regard. China has provided a shortlist of ten experts to the OPCW, and is ready to participate in the verification and destruction of chemical weapons in accordance with relevant requirements of the OPCW.

Q: It is reported that former Egyptian President Morsi's supporters, who were holding protests and demonstrations in different parts of Egypy, collided with the police and local people on October 6, resulting in 54 deaths and 379 injuries. What is China's comment on the current situation in Egypt?

A: China follows the situation in Egypt closely and calls on relevant parties in Egypt to bear in mind the larger interests of the country and the people and resolve differences through dialogue and consultation so as to avoid more casualties. China hopes that Egypt can press ahead with its inclusive political transition smoothly and realize stability at an early date.

Q: The deal of air defense missile system between China and Turkey reached a deadlock, due to the objection of the NATO and the US for fear of the leakage of military secrets. How does China respond?

A: The Chinese government carries out defense trade cooperation in a prudent and responsible manner. China's military export does no harm to peace, security and stability of relevant regions and beyond, nor does it interfere in the internal affairs of recipient countries. It is in strict consistence with China's relevant international obligations.

Relevant cooperation between the Chinese company and Turkey is defense trade cooperation under normal circumstances. We hope that relevant parties could be objective and rational, instead of politicizing normal business competition.

Q: The Federal Parliament of Ethiopia announced on October 7 that Mulatu Teshome, nominated by the ruling party, was elected President of Ethiopia. What is China's comment?

A: President Mulatu is an old friend of the Chinese people. We congratulate him on being elected as the President. Ethiopia is China's important cooperative partner in Africa. Over the past 43 years since the establishment of diplomatic dies between China and Ethiopia, especially since the establishment of comprehensive cooperative partnership in 2003, political mutual trust between our two countries has been enhanced and cooperation in various fields has been continuously expanded and deepened. China is ready to work with Ethiopia to promote the sustained and in-depth development of the comprehensive cooperative partnership between our two countries and bring more benefits to the two peoples.

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