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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on October 25, 2012


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on October 25, 2012.

Q: Governor of Tokyo Shintaro Ishihara who attempted to "purchase" the Diaoyu Islands announced his resignation today. He is planning to found a new party. What is China's comment?

A: We have no comment.

Q: Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai held talks with US Assistant Secretary of State Campbell on October 23. Please brief us on that.

A: The fourth China-US Consultation on Asia-Pacific Affairs co-chaired by Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai and US Assistant Secretary of State Campbell was held in San Francisco on October 23. The two sides exchanged views on China-US relations, the situation in the Asia-Pacific region, China-US interactions in the Asia Pacific and how to boost regional cooperation. The two sides agreed to work together for the success of the East Asia Summit to be held next month. Sharing the view that the consultation mechanism between China and the US on Asia-Pacific affairs is very beneficial, both sides decided to continue to make a good use of it and maintain close communication and coordination on major issues in the Asia-Pacific region.

Q: US Defence Secretary Panetta reportedly said that the US and the ROK had been ready to counter any threat from the DPRK, and would resort to use of force if necessary. How does China comment?

A: The situation on the Korean Peninsula remains complex and sensitive. We hope that all relevant parties will contribute more to peace and stability on the Peninsula in both their words and deeds.

Q: First, whether the UN-AL Joint Special Representative on the Syrian issue Brahimi's proposal for an Eid al-Adha ceasefire in Syria can be implemented or not remains in doubt. What is China's comment? Second, the US denied Russia's accusation that the US provided air defence missiles to the Syrian opposition. What is China's comment?

A: On your first question, we commend and support Joint Special Representative Brahimi's mediation efforts and proposal for an Eid al-Adha ceasefire in Syria. We are glad of the positive response made by relevant parties in Syria. We hope that parties concerned in Syria will support and cooperate with Joint Special Representative Brahimi's proposal and mediation efforts with utmost sincerity and concrete actions, seize the opportunity to deliver on their commitments to ceasefire and end of violence and take this as a start for an endurable ceasefire, and create conditions for the alleviation of the Syrian people's plight and for the launch of political dialogue and political transition process at an early date.

On your second question, we have noted relevant report. All relevant parties' actions should be conducive to halting all violence in Syria, promoting the political settlement of the Syrian issue and maintaining peace and stability in the Middle East region.

Q: An Iranian official recently said that western countries' failure to ease sanctions on Iran could open the way for Iran's uranium enrichment above 20 percent. Analysts say this has pushed Iran far closer to the "red line'' set by Israel for possible military options. What is China's comment?

A: China always believes that dialogue and negotiation is the only right way for the peaceful settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue. Sanctions and use of force will not solve the problem fundamentally, but will trigger a host of new complexities, which will take their toll on peace and stability in the Middle East region and the world at large. No one will benefit from that.

Dialogue on the Iranian nuclear issue is now at a critical juncture. We hope that all relevant parties will gear up diplomatic efforts, say and do things that are conducive to dialogue and cooperation, strive for an early start of a new round of dialogue between P5 plus one countries and Iran and play a constructive role for the comprehensive, long-term and appropriate settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue through dialogue and negotiation.

Q: It is reported that today four Chinese maritime surveillance ships entered waters within 12 nautical miles off the Diaoyu Islands. What is China's comment?

A: Chinese maritime surveillance ships carried out routine rights protection patrol on the territorial sea of China's Diaoyu Islands on October 25. It is the normal duty of Chinese government ships to exercise jurisdiction over waters off the Diaoyu Islands.

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