|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on September 26, 2012|
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on September 26, 2012.
Q: Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was elected President of the Liberal Democratic Party today, which may put him in line to become Japan's next prime minister. What is China's comment?
A: It is Japan's internal affair. I have no comment on that.
Q: Shinzo Abe used to deal with China-related affairs while serving as Japanese prime minister. How does China see his role in China-Japan relations? What is China's expectation of the development of bilateral relations?
A: The current grim situation in China-Japan relations is completely caused by Japan's insisting on illegally "purchasing" the Diaoyu Islands regardless of China's strong opposition. The Japanese side should bear full responsibility for that. We require the Japanese side to abandon any illusion, concretely correct its mistakes, stop all acts that are detrimental to China's territorial sovereignty and return to the right track of resolving the Diaoyu Islands issue through negotiation with a view to creating conditions for the improvement of China-Japan relations.
After the press conference, Hong Lei responded to a media request for China's comment on the US, the UK, France and Germany's plan to increase sanctions against Iran which they believe is still advancing its nuclear program.
Hong Lei said that China is always opposed to imposing unilateral sanctions on Iran. China believes that pressure and sanctions won't solve the Iranian nuclear issue fundamentally, but will only complicate and exacerbate the issue and fuel confrontation, which is not conducive to regional peace and stability. Under the current circumstances, relevant parties should step up dialogue and cooperation and properly solve the Iranian nuclear issue through dialogue and negotiation.
Hong Lei also responded to a question about the appointment of Akhmetov as Prime Minister of Kazakhstan and China's expectation of its relations with Kazakhstan.
Hong Lei said that we congratulate Mr. Akhmetov on being appointed Prime Minister of Kazakhstan. As friendly neighbours and comprehensive strategic partners to each, China and Kazakhstan share broad prospects for the development of bilateral relations. China is ready to continue to work with Kazakhstan to push forward China-Kazakhstan comprehensive strategic partnership to the benefit of the two peoples.