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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on September 20, 2012

2012/09/21

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on September 20, 2012.

Q: Which Chinese leader will lead a delegation to the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly?

A: We will release information about China's attendance at the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly in due course.

Q: Indian Chief of the Army Staff recently said that Chinese soldiers were seen in Pakistan-administered Kashmir region. Please confirm. He also said that the China-India clash in 1962 would not be repeated. What is China's response?

A: On your first question, China's position on the Kashmir issue is consistent and clear. The Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan is an issue left over by history. As a friend and neighbour of both India and Pakistan, we hope that these two countries can resolve relevant issue through friendly consultation. It is groundless to say that the Chinese People's Liberation Army were present in Pakistan-administered Kashmir region.

On your second question, this year is the "Year of China-India Friendly Cooperation" jointly announced and launched by President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Singh. Bilateral relations are developing in a sound and stable momentum, featuring frequent high-level mutual visits, growing exchanges and cooperation across the board and sound communication and coordination on major international and regional issues. Together with India, we will continue to implement the consensus reached between leaders of the two countries to enhance strategic mutual trust, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation and promote common development.

With regard to the boundary issue left over by history, we will make concerted efforts with India to find a solution that is fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable through friendly consultation. Pending the final settlement, we should maintain peace and tranquility in the border area.

Q: Some Japanese companies suffered from losses in recent anti-Japan demonstrations. Will China compensate for that?

A: The Japan-related demonstrations and protests in various parts of China reflect the Chinese people's outcry against Japan's violation of China's sovereignty and their unbreakable will and determination in safeguarding China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Japanese government should face squarely China's solemn position, listen to the Chinese people's just call, return to the very understanding and consensus between China and Japan and come back to the track of resolving the Diaoyu Islands dispute through dialogue and negotiation.

As a country ruled by law, China protects the safety of foreign institutions and nationals in China in accordance with law. As for the specific question you asked, relevant Chinese department will deal with it appropriately in light of the realities.

Q: First, has any progress been made in the investigation into the case of US Ambassador to China's car being slightly damaged? Second, it is reported that Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is considering sending a special envoy to China. What is your comment?

A: On your first question, I briefed you about relevant situation yesterday, and I have nothing new to add.

On your second question, we always maintain that the Diaoyu Islands issue should be resolved through dialogue and negotiation. It is crucial for Japan to face squarely the realities, return to the understanding and consensus between the two sides and take concrete actions to remove the adverse impact. China will maintain communication with Japan at all levels and continue to expound to Japan about China's solemn position on the Diaoyu Islands issue.

Q: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon suggested that China and Japan should hold consultations on the Diaoyu Islands issue on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly next week. Has any arrangement been made between the two sides?

A: The current grim situation in China-Japan relations was entirely caused by Japan's illegal "purchase" of the Diaoyu Islands. Japan should be held fully accountable. What is pressing now is that Japan should return to the understanding and consensus reached between the two sides, take concrete actions to remove the adverse impact and come back to the track of resolving the dispute through negotiation.

Q: China repeatedly says that Japan's "purchase" of the Diaoyu Islands is illegal. May I ask which law did Japan violate, China's domestic law or international law?

A: There is ample historical and jurisprudential evidence to show that the Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands have been China's inherent territory since ancient times. Chinese laws clearly stipulate that the Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands belong to China. Violating China's territorial sovereignty, Japan's action is illegal in terms of both international law and China's domestic law.

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