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


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

Q: It is reported that Special Representative Wu Dawei of the Chinese Government on the Korean Peninsular Affairs is visiting the DPRK. Please conform and give us more details.

A: Special Representative Wu Dawei of the Chinese Government on the Korean Peninsular Affairs went to the DPRK for a working consultation on November 4. The two sides will have an exchange of views on the resumption of the Six-Party Talks and the promotion of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Q: The Tanzanian police reportedly arrested 3 Chinese citizens in Dar es Salaam and confiscated on spot a large amount of ivory. Please brief us on that. What measures will China take to counter ivory smuggling?

A: China pays high attention to this incident. After the incident, the Chinese Embassy in Tanzania immediately made verification with the Tanzanian side, reiterated the Chinese government's position of attaching importance to wildlife protection and issued a statement at the earliest time which severely condemns such crimes as the slaughter of elephants and the smuggling of ivory, supports the actions of Tanzania in combating ivory smuggling and calls on Chinese citizens there to strictly abide by local laws and regulations and not to engage in illegal activities such as ivory smuggling. The Chinese side also requires the Tanzanian side to handle the case in accordance with law. China is willing to stay in close communication with Tanzania for the early and proper settlement of the incident.

The Chinese government is firmly opposed to the slaughter of elephants and the smuggling of ivory and attaches importance to the protection of wildlife such as elephants. It has enacted a series of laws and regulations and established a multi-department joint law enforcement mechanism composed of departments of forestry, public security, customs, industry and business. China has actively participated in the international cooperation of law enforcement and severely cracked down on such acts as the smuggling, illegal sale and utilization of ivory and ivory products, effectively curbing ivory smuggling activities. China is ready to strengthen cooperation with the international community in combating ivory smuggling and protecting wildlife.

Q: A report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) says that many countries import small and light arms from China and that made-in-China weapons are used in conflict regions. What is China's comment?

A: The Chinese Government has all along taken a prudent and responsible attitude in its export of military products including light and small arms and exercised strict controls on such exports in accordance with China's international obligations and domestic laws. China observes the principles of not harming international and regional peace and stability and not interfering in the internal affairs of the recipient countries. China does not transfer weapons to non-state entities and requires the recipient countries to provide certificates of end users and the purposes of the arms. China is ready to make joint efforts with the international community to eliminate the hazard of illegal trade in light and small arms at an early date.

Q: The new round of Geneva dialogue on the Iranian nuclear issue between P5+1 and Iran will be held on November 7. Who will lead the Chinese delegation to the dialogue? What expectations does China have for the dialogue?

A: Director-General Pang Sen of the Department of Arms Control of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs will lead a delegation to attend the new round of dialogue on the Iranian nuclear issue between P5+1 and Iran. The dialogue on the Iranian nuclear issue has entered into a new phase of substantive negotiations. China hopes that all parties could adhere to the principle of step-by-step progress and reciprocity, conduct negotiations in a practical manner, take constructive measures, advance the dialogue and create conditions for the comprehensive, long-term and proper settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue. We stand ready to make joint efforts with all parties in this regard.

Q: With the diplomatic efforts by all relevant parties, what progress has been made so far for the resumption of the Six-Party Talks?

A: Recently, some positive changes have taken place in the situation on the Peninsula. A high degree of tension has been replaced by relative relaxation, and serious confrontation has given way to resumed dialogue. There have been more interactions between the parties concerned, and the North-South relations have been eased. Such a situation has not come by easily. It is the result of the joint efforts of all parties and should be cherished.

We should seize the current opportunity, increase contact, enhance dialogue and communication and continue to move the situation towards the better through constructive efforts.

The parties should create conditions for the restart of the Six-Party Talks. All the six parties should recommit themselves to the September 19 Joint Statement. Under the premise of reaffirming denuclearization as the goal, the parties should demonstrate sincerity to solve problems, take constructive actions and set reasonable threshold for dialogue. By resuming the Six-Party Talks at an early date, we will start a sustainable and irreversible process for the resolution of the Korean nuclear issue during which trust will gradually be built up.

The parties should address each other's concerns in a balanced manner. We should advance in parallel the goals outlined in the Joint Statement, accommodate the legitimate concerns of all parties, gradually implement the consensus in a phased manner, and strive for solid progress.

Q: India's first Mars probe dubbed "Mangalyan" will be launched today. What is China's comment?

A: The outer space is the common treasure of the entire mankind. Every country has the right to peaceful exploration and utilization of the outer space. Meanwhile, the international community should work together to maintain the everlasting peace and sustainable development of the outer space.

Q: Chinese and Indian militaries started the joint military exercise today. How long will this exercise last?

A: China-India relations have achieved continuous progress over the recent period of time. Military cooperation between the two countries is conducted against such a large context. The relevant exercise demonstrates the ever-increasing political mutual trust between China and India. We wish this exercise a full success.

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