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


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

Hong Lei started the press conference with the following announcements:

Vice Chairman Wan E'xiang of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress will go to Kenya upon invitation as the special envoy of President Xi Jinping to attend the celebration marking the 50th anniversary of Kenyan independence on December 12.

At the invitation of Vice President Nyan Tun of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Vice Premier Liu Yandong of the State Council will attend the opening ceremony of the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar on December 10 and 11.

At the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will pay an official visit to China on December 6 and 7. During the visit, the two foreign ministers will hold the first round of China-Australia Diplomatic and Strategic Dialogue.

Q: It is reported that a main purpose of Ukrainian President Yanukovych's visit to China is to ask for financial assistance. Is China positive about providing Ukraine with any aid or loans?

A: China and Ukraine have been all along engaged in mutually beneficial cooperation. During President Yanukovych's visit to China, the Chinese leaders will have in-depth discussions with him about issues of common interest, including mutually beneficial cooperation.

Q: US Vice President Joe Biden reportedly said today that he hopes China will take measures to ease regional tensions caused by its delimitation of the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). What is China's response?

A: During Vice President Biden's visit to China, President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and Vice President Li Yuanchao had candid and in-depth exchange of views with him on China-US relationship and other major issues of common interest. The most important agreement between the two sides is that both countries need to strengthen dialogue, exchanges and cooperation and work to promote the building of the new model of major-country relationship.

With regard to the establishmenmt of the East China Sea ADIZ, as was laid out by the Chinese leaders, what China does complies with international laws and conventions, and the US should adopt an objective and just attitude and show respect.

Q: Could you please tell us how many countries and regions whose airliners flying through the East China Sea ADIZ have filed their flight plans with China?

A: So far, 55 airlines from 19 countries and 3 regions have reported their flight plans to China.

Q: Today, US Vice President Biden reportedly suggested that China and the US establish a hotline with countries affected by China's newly established ADIZ. How does China respond? Does China see any difference in the messages from the US and Japan over the zone? If so, what are they?

A: We have stressed many times that China's establishment of the East China Sea ADIZ is a justifiable action to protect national sovereignty and territorial and airspace security. It is in compliance with international laws and conventions, and other countries should show understanding, respect and coordination. On the basis of equality and mutual respect, China stands ready to keep in communication with other parties on related technical issues to jointly uphold the flight security and order in relevant airspace.

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