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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on October 22, 2012

2012/10/23

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on October 22, 2012.

Hong Lei started the press conference with the following announcement:

At the invitation of Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Romanian Foreign Minister Titus Corlăţean will pay an official visit to China from October 24 to 26.

Hong Lei said that China and Romania are traditionally friendly. People of the two countries enjoy profound friendship. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties over 60 years ago, bilateral relations have been developing steadily. Recent years has witnessed frequent bilateral high-level exchanges, ever-growing political mutual trust, constantly expanding exchanges and cooperation in fields such as business, culture, science and technology, and close communication and coordination in international affairs.

The major purpose of Foreign Minister Corlăţean's visit is to cement China-Romania relations and push forward practical cooperation. Chinese leaders and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi will meet and hold talks with Foreign Minister Corlăţean respectively. They will exchange views on bilateral relations as well as international and regional issues of common interest. We believe that Foreign Minister Corlăţean's visit will further advance China-Romania comprehensive partnership of friendship and cooperation.

Q: ROK civic groups did not send leaflets to the DPRK as planned due to police control. What is China's comment on the current situation of the Korean Peninsula? What actions does China think should be taken by the two sides to ease the tension?

A: As a close neighbour of the Korean Peninsula, China encourages the DPRK and the ROK to resolve their problems through dialogue and consultation and opposes any action that may rachet up tension. We are firmly opposed to armed conflicts on the Peninsula. We hope that parties concerned will keep calm, exercise restraint and refrain from taking provocative or radical actions so as to jointly maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

Q: It is reported that a car bomb in the Lebanese capital city Beirut killed eight people on October 19, including Lebanon's intelligence chief Hassan. What is China's comment?

A: China is firmly opposed to terrorism in all its manifestations. We strongly condemn the incident of terrorism and violence in Beirut. We hope that the truth of the incident will be brought to light as soon as possible. China pays high attention to the situation in Lebanon. We hope that relevant parties there will keep united, exercise restraint, resolve issues through dialogue and consultation and jointly maintain national stability and security.

Q: It is reported that a Chinese worker was sh