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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on October 8, 2012


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on October 8, 2012.

Q: The ROK government announced on October 7 that the ROK and the US reached an agreement on the missile guidelines, allowing the ROK to develop ballistic missiles with a range of up to 800 km from the current 300 km. What is China's comment?

A: It is the shared interest and common responsibility of all parties to maintain peace and stability and achieve denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. China always holds that relevant issues concerning the Peninsula should be resolved through dialogue. We do not want to see further escalation of military confrontation in this region. We hope that all parties will do more to ease the tension on the Peninsula and work towards this end in real earnest.

Q: A recently published US Congressional report said it does not recognize Japan's sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands. What is China's comment?

A: What is pressing now is that Japan should face up to the reality, correct mistakes and come back to the track of resolving the dispute over the Diaoyu Islands through dialogue and negotiation. I have noted the US' statement of not taking a position in the territorial dispute between China and Japan. We hope that the US will match words with deeds.

Q: It is reported that the US House Intelligence Committee is planning to release a report, recommending US companies not to do business with Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE as they pose a threat to US national security. What is China's comment?

A: Chinese telecommunications companies engage in international operations according to principles of the market economy. Their investment in the US demonstrates the mutually beneficial nature of China-US economic relations and trade. We hope that the US Congress will respect facts, discard prejudice and make more contributions to China-US economic cooperation and trade, instead of the contrary.

Q: First, not only Chinese maritime surveillance ships and fishery administration ships, but also Chinese naval vessels were recently spotted in waters off the Diaoyu Islands. What message does China want to convey to the outside? Second, it is reported that the Japanese government recently proposed to resume negotiations on a fishery agreement with Taiwan. What is China's comment?

A: On your first question, the Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands have been China's inherent territory since ancient times, and their adjacent waters is under China's jurisdiction. China is resolute and determined in safeguarding national territorial sovereignty. China's maritime surveillance ships and fishery administration ships have performed and will continue to perform duties in waters off the Diaoyu Islands. It is the Chinese military's sacred duty to defend national territorial sovereignty as well as maritime rights and interests.

On your second question, China's position on Taiwan's external interactions and other issues is consistent and clear. We hope that relevant country will stick to the one-China principle and deal with Taiwan-related issues in a prudent manner.

Q: The Japanese Foreign Ministry recently appointed Masato Kitera as the new Ambassador to China. What is China's position on that?

A:China will deal with this in accordance with international practice and relevant procedures.

Q: It is reported that Venezuelan President Chavez won the presidential election on October 7. What is China's comment?

A: Venezuelan presidential election was smoothly and successfully held on October 7, with President Chavez re-elected. China expresses congratulations on that and wishes Venezuela constant new achievements in national development under the leadership of President Chavez.

China and Venezuela have been enjoying sound cooperation over recent years. We stand ready to elevate bilateral relations to a new high together with Venezuela.

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