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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on September 13, 2012

2012/09/14

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on September 13, 2012.

Q: It is reported that the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany ruled recently that the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) is constitutional. What is China's comment? What is China's expectation of the prospect of solving the European debt crisis?

A: China noted the progress the EU has made recently in countering the European debt crisis, which is positive to stabilizing markets and boosting confidence. China follows closely the developments of the European debt issue. The EU is the world's largest economy and China's largest trading partner. The European debt issue bears on not only Europe itself but also the whole world including China.

China has always been actively supportive of the EU's efforts in tackling the sovereign debt issue and has provided help to Europe within our ability through multiple ways such as increasing import and expanding investment by enterprises. We will continue to actively support and take part in Europe's efforts in solving the debt issue and promoting economic stability through various channels.

Q: China suspended some activities of China-Japan exchanges after the Japanese government's "purchase" of the Diaoyu Islands. Please brief us on relevant information.

A: After Japan's illegal "purchase" of the Diaoyu Islands, the Chinese government expressed firm opposition, demanding the Japanese side to revoke its wrong decision and change course. The Chinese government is taking a host of measures to firmly safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity. Everyone in China is indignant about Japan's wrong actions and firmly supports the Chinese government's just demands and strong measures. The Chinese government and people is resolute and determined to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity. We urge the Japanese side to concretely correct mistakes, stop all acts that may undermine China's territorial sovereignty, come back to the understanding and common ground reached between the two sides and return to the track of negotiated settlement of the dispute.

Q: It is reported that Philippine President Aquino issued an administrative order, renaming the South China Sea waters off the Philippine archipelago's west coast as the "West Philippine Sea". Aquino said the move aimed at clarifying the sea areas claimed by the Philippines and the country would submit the new name to the UN. What is China's comment?

A: The South China Sea has long been a geographic name universally recognized by the international community and widely accepted by all countries and international organizations such as the UN. The Philippines' move can in no way change the fact that China has indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea islands and their adjacent waters including the Nansha Islands and Huangyan Island.

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