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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Regular Press Conference on March 7, 2014

2014/03/08

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang held a press conference on March 7, 2014.

Q: It is reported that the parliament of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea made an announcement of holding within ten days a referendum on whether to join Russia or not. The US and the EU regard it as a breach of international law. What is China's comment?

A: We call on relevant parties in Ukraine to act within the framework of law and order, peacefully resolve relevant issue through dialogue and negotiation, truly safeguard the lawful rights and interests of all ethnic communities in Ukraine, restore normal social order as soon as possible and maintain peace and stability of the region.

Q: The ROK sees the test of short-range missiles by the DPRK as a violation of relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council. What is China's comment ?

A: We call on relevant parties to do more to ease the tension and jointly uphold peace and stability of the Peninsula. This is in the best interests of all parties. We hope that such a momentum will be maintained.

Q: China and ASEAN countries will hold the tenth Joint Working Group Meeting on the Implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) in Singapore in mid March. Please confirm that and give us more details.

A: According to the consensus reached at the sixth Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) on the Implementation of the DOC, China and ASEAN countries will hold the tenth Joint Working Group Meeting in Singapore on March 18. They will continue to exchange views on comprehensively and effectively implementing the DOC and enhancing practical maritime cooperation and hold consultations on the code of conduct in the South China Sea (COC) under the framework of implementing the DOC.

Since last year, China and ASEAN countries have been in communication on implementing the DOC and formulating the COC and have reached positive results. China is ready to work with ASEAN countries to stay committed to comprehensively and effectively implementing the DOC and steadily pressing ahead with the consultation of COC during the process. I hope that all parties will create favorable atmosphere and conditions for the above process and jointly safeguard peace and stability of the South China Sea.

Q: It is reported that the US and the EU are discussing sanctions against Russia. Does China support that?

A: It is China's long-standing position to oppose the use or threat of sanctions at every turn in international relations. Under the current circumstances, we hope relevant parties will refrain from taking actions that will further escalate tension, work together to seek a political resolution to the crisis. This is the fundamental way out.

Q: We have seen for the first time a real default in China's corporate bond market today. What message will this send to foreign governments and investors?

A: It is only natural to see fluctuations in either the stock market or the bond market. I hope that foreign investors and the international community will remain confident about China's economic growth. Is there any other country in the world that keeps a 7.7 percent of annual economic growth? Therefore, I hope that all of you and investors out there will remain confident about China's economic growth. I believe that with the progress of the comprehensively deepening reform, China will enjoy ever brighter future for development and bring more opportunities to the world.

Q: US congress leaders and a few lawmakers met Dalai the other day. What is China's comment?

A: We are strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposed to the meeting of Dalai by US congress leaders and a few lawmakers. China has lodged solemn representations with the US.

I want to reiterate that Tibet is a sacred and inalianable part of China's territory. Tibet-related affairs fall entirely within China's internal affairs. What Dalai said and did in the past decades have shown that he is a political exile who has long been engaged in splitting China under the cloak of religion. China urges the US congress to honor the commitment the US side has made of recognizing Tibet as one part of China and not supporting "Tibet independence", stop interfering in China's internal affairs with Tibet-related affairs, cease to connive at and support anti-China separatist activities by "Tibet independence" forces, and do more things that promote friendship between the two peoples and bilateral relations rather than the opposite.

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