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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on September 14, 2012

2012/09/15

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on September 14, 2012.

Hong Lei starts the press conference with the following announcements:

As agreed by China and the EU and at the invitation of Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo of the Kingdom of Belgium, Premier Wen Jiabao of the State Council will attend the 15th China-EU Summit in Brussels and pay an official visit to Belgium from September 19 to 20.

Premier Wen Jiabao will co-chair the 15th China-EU Summit with President Van Rompuy of the European Council and President Barroso of the European Commission. The two sides will have in-depth discussions on upgrading China-EU practical cooperation and deepening China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership under the new circumstances. As the international financial crisis and the European debt issue are still unfolding, this Summit is not only of great importance to China-EU relations but will also send a positive signal to promoting strong, sustainable and balanced growth of the world economy.

During Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to Belgium, he will have in-depth exchange of views with Belgian leaders on China-Belgium relations, China-EU relations as well as international and regional issues of common interest. This visit will enhance China-Belgium political mutual trust and deepen practical cooperation.

It is learned that at the invitation of the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs, General Coordinator Azim of the Syrian National Coordination Body for Democratic Change will lead a delegation to China from September 16 to 20. Relevant officials of the Foreign Ministry will meet with him during his visit.

In order to push for a political resolution of the Syrian issue, China has been working on all relevant parties in Syria in an active and balanced manner, urging them to earnestly implement relevant UN Security Council resolutions, Annan's "six-point proposal" and the communique of the Geneva foreign ministers' meeting of the Action Group on Syria, immediately cease fire and stop violence, launch and carry forward the political transition process led by the Syrian people as soon as possible. We received Syrian President's Special Envoy and Political and Media Advisor Shaaban last month. To receive the delegation of the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change is part of China's mediation efforts.

Q: First, several Japanese people were recently beaten and wounded in Shanghai. What is China's comment on that? Second, six Chinese maritime surveillance ships arrived at waters off the Diaoyu Islands today for patrol and law-enforcement. Isn't China worried that this action may trigger conflicts?

A: On your first question, the Chinese people are strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposed to the Japanese govern