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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on September 7, 2012


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on September 7, 2012.

Q: Ma Ying-jeou will go to the Pengjia Islet by helicopter this afternoon and make remarks on the Diaoyu Islands issue. What is your comment?

A: The Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands have been China's inherent territory since ancient times. The Chinese people on both sides of the Straits and all sons and daughters of the Chinese nation have the responsibility to defend the sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands.

Q: It is reported that the European Central Bank unveiled a programme named "Outright Monetary Transactions" on September 6. What is China's comment? How does China look at the prospect of the European debt issue?

A: We noted the European Central Bank's announcement of "Outright Monetary Transactions" on September 6. We hope this move will be conducive to stabilizing European debt and boosting market confidence.

The early settlement of the European debt issue is of great significance to both the steady recovery of world economy and China's economic growth. We hope that the EU will continue to build consensus and gradually stabilize the situation. China will continue to support the EU's efforts against crisis.

Q: It is reported that China's going to provide Central and Eastern European countries with US$10 billion in special loans. Please confirm. Separately, President Obama mentioned China twice in his speech at the Democratic National Convention. What is China's comment on the China-related content in his speech?

A: On your first question, during Premier Wen Jiabao's meeting with leaders from 16 Central and Eastern European countries in Warsaw, Poland last April, the two sides reached broad consensus on enhancing cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European countries. Premier Wen Jiabao announced that the Chinese Government decided to set up a special credit line worth US$10 billion with a certain percentage of preferential loans to mainly support bilateral cooperation projects in infrastructure, high and new technology, green economy and so on. The US$10 billion in special loans have been launched, which have facilitated the signing of a number of cooperation agreements between enterprises from China and Central and Eastern European countries. During the recently held inaugural meeting of China-Central and Eastern Europe Cooperation Secretariat in Beijing, China put forward its proposals of pressing ahead with the US$10 billion in special loans for the next stage, which were welcomed by Central and Eastern European countries. We hope that relevant measures will deepen our practical cooperation across the board, facilitate each other's development, promote mutual benefit and win-win and upgrade the overall China-EU cooperation.

On your second question, both China and the US are countries of significant influence in the world. We share a wide range of common interests and enjoy important foundation for cooperation. It is the common cause for China and the US to push forward the cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit and build a new type of relations between major countries. We hope that all circles in the US will look at China's development from an objective and rational perspective, understand correctly relevant issues in China-US relations and ensure the continuous development of China-US relations in a sound and stable manner. This serves the fundamental interests of both countries and contributes to peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

Q: A Pakistani official reportedly said that China and Pakistan have finished the technical feasibility study of building a railway from Xinjiang to Islamabad, Pakistan. Would you please confirm? Will China and Pakistan talk about this programme during Pakistani Prime Minister Ashraf's attendance at the "Summer Davos" in China?

A: China and Pakistan are friendly neighbours and all-weather friends. We have been in friendly consultation over cooperation in various fields for a long time. China stands ready to push forward relevant cooperation with Pakistan and help the latter with its economic and social development and improvement of people's well-being. I am not aware of the specific railway programme you mentioned.

Pakistani Prime Minister Ashraf will attend the "Summer Davos" next week in China. We believe that Chinese leaders will have in-depth exchange of views with him on how to strengthen China-Pakistan traditional friendship and develop mutually beneficial cooperation. We will release relevant information in a timely manner.

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