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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on November 7, 2013


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on November 7, 2013.

Hong Lei started the press conference with the following announcement:

At the invitation of Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid, Foreign Minister Wang Yi will attend the 12th China-Russia-India Foreign Ministers' Meeting and the 11th ASEM Foreign Ministers' Meeting in India on November 10 and 11.

Q: What are China's expectations for the cooperation mechanism between China, Russia and India?

A: Over the past decade and more since its establishment, the cooperation mechanism between China, Russia and India has become an important platform for the three countries to coordinate positions, seek common grounds and conduct cooperation. China attaches great importance to the upcoming 12th China-Russia-India Foreign Ministers' Meeting. Bearing in mind the current international situation, Foreign Ministers from the three countries will exchange views on international and regional issues of common interest and deepening their practical cooperation.

As emerging market countries, China, Russia and India share common or similar views on many international and regional issues. Maintaining regular dialogues among the three countries is conducive to the promotion of mutual trust, the building of consensus and the expansion of cooperation. We believe that this meeting will achieve positive outcomes and make even greater contribution to peace, stability and development of the region and beyond.

Q: What is China's comment on the signing of the economic partnership agreement between Singapore and Taiwan?

A: We have noted that the Singapore Trade Office in Taipei and the Taipei Representative Office in Singapore signed an agreement on economic partnership.

Our position on Taiwan's interactions with foreign countries is consistent and clear-cut. We have no objection to non-governmental exchanges in business and culture between Taiwan and foreign countries, but are opposed to the development of official ties in any form. With regard to Taiwan's participation in international activities, reasonable arrangement could be made through practical consultation across the Straits under the premise of not creating "two Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan". We hope that the Singaporean side would abide by the one-China policy and deal with its business ties with Taiwan in a prudent and proper manner.

Q: A senior US official spoke on condition of anonymity on November 6 that the US would offer limited, targeted and reversible sanctions relief to Iran during the dialogue of the Iranian nuclear issue, but would not touch the core architecture of the Iranian sanctions regime. What is China's comment?

A: China hopes to see the early progress of the dialogue on the Iranian nuclear issue and has been making active efforts to this end. We believe that all parties should stay flexible and practical and seek mutual benefit and win-win results. We stand ready to coordinate and cooperate with all parties to ensure the success of the second Geneva dialogue.

Q: A draft report submitted to the US Congress on November 6 by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission said that the analysis by Mandiant showed that there was no sign that Chinese military hackers had stopped cyber attacks. What is China's comment?

A: The innocent is innocent. China is a victim to cyber attacks. The Chinese government always opposes hacker attacks and advocates international cooperation in building a peaceful, secure, open and cooperative cyber space. Against the background of the "spying scandal", if relevant US agency is really interested in cyber security, it should stop diverting people's attention by talking about other affairs.

Q: It is reported that representatives from the ROK, the US and Japan held talks in the US the other day, saying that the Six-Party Talks cannot be resumed before the DPRK demonstrates its sincerity in denuclearization and that there is still a relatively big difference between the position of China and those of the ROK and the US. What is China's comment?

A: It is in conformity with the common interests and is the shared responsibility of all parties to promote denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and maintain peace and stability there. Under the current situation, relevant parties should make concerted efforts, leverage wisdom, return to the track of dialogue and consultation as soon as possible and create conditions for the early resumption of the Six-Party Talks. China is ready to work with all parties and make unremitting efforts to advance the Six-Party Talks, implement the September 19 Joint Statement signed in 2005 in a comprehensive and balanced way and realize the enduring peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia.

After the press conference, a journalist asked about the upcoming 6th China-US Legal Experts Dialogue. Hong Lei stated that based on the consensus of the 5th China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogues, the 6th China-US Legal Experts Dialogue will be held in the University of Virginia on November 7 and 8. Director Hu Yunteng of the Research Office of the Supreme People's Court of the People's Republic of China will lead the Chinese delegation. Officials from the courts of justice, judicial and diplomatic sectors of the two countries and relevant experts and scholars will attend the dialogue. China is ready to conduct exchanges with the US based on equality and mutual respect so as to enhance mutual understanding between the two countries in the judicial field.

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