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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on October 23, 2012


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on October 23, 2012.

Q: First, it is reported that Panamanian President Martinelli who is visiting Japan expressed his support to Japan on the Diaoyu Islands issue at a press conference on October 22. How does China comment? Second, what is China's comment on the Japanese enterprises' collective absence from the 80th China Electronics Fair to be held in Shanghai?

A: On your first question, the Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands have been China's sacred territory since ancient times. This is supported by historical facts and jurisprudential evidence. Japan's futile attempt of drawing in a third party to intervene in the Diaoyu Islands issue can by no means enhance Japan's so-called sovereignty position. Relevant country should not undermine China's interests by getting involved in the dispute over the Diaoyu Islands in any form.

On your second question, I need to know more information. What I want to point out is that Japan's illegal "purchase" of the Diaoyu Islands leads to the current grim situation of China-Japan relations, which is now affecting and jeopardizing the normal development of China-Japan relations in various areas. Japan should bear full responsibility for that.

Q: US presidential candidates said at the third round of TV debate that China should play by the international rules and be responsible. What is China's comment?

A: We have noted relevant report. I want to stress that the sustained, sound and stable development of China-US relations serves the fundamental interests of both countries and peoples, and is conducive to peace, stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large. US politicians, no matter which party they represent, should view China's development in an objective and sensible light, and do more to promote China-US mutual trust and cooperation in a responsible manner. This is also in the interest of the US.

Q: It is reported that more than 1,000 Cambodians marched to the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on October 22 after a Chinese supervisor of a Chinese-funded garment factory ripped in half a portrait of King Father Sihanouk and accused the workers of "shirking work". The management of the factory expressed regret over the incident, dismissed the supervisor and handed her over to relevant Cambodian authorities. What is China's comment?

A: King Father Sihanouk is a great friend of the Chinese people. He is deeply loved and venerated by the Cambodian people. The individual whose action is extremely wrong will be subject to the law of Cambodia.

Q: It is learned that Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Chikao Kawai arrived in Shanghai the other day. Did China contact him and talk with him about the Diaoyu Islands issue?

A: The foreign ministries of China and Japan have been in contact and consultation on bilateral relations, especially the Diaoyu Islands issue. China and Japan launched the consultation on the Diaoyu Islands issue at the level of vice foreign ministers in Beijing on September 25. Director-Generals of Asian affairs of the two foreign ministries recently exchanged views on the Diaoyu Islands dispute in Tokyo, with the aim of making preparations for the new round of consultation between the two vice foreign ministers. The Chinese Foreign Ministry has already released relevant information. During its contact and consultation with the Japanese side at different levels, China elaborated on the Chinese government's solemn position on the Diaoyu Islands issue as well as its unbreakable will and determination in defending national territorial sovereignty, urging the Japanese side to face up to the reality, correct mistakes and make concrete efforts for the appropriate settlement of the current issue.

Q: The Spanish police arrested several Chinese nationals in its recent crackdown on economic crimes. What is China's comment?

A: The Chinese Embassy in Spain has conveyed China's concerns to the police and required them to handle the case in accordance with law, enforce the law in a civil manner, earnestly protect the Chinese nationals' lawful rights and interests and inform the Chinese side of the condition of the arrested Chinese nationals in a timely manner.

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