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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on October 29, 2012

2012/10/30

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on October 29, 2012.

Hong Lei started the press conference with the following announcements:

First, at the invitation of Prime Minister Thongsing of Laos, Premier Wen Jiabao will attend the Ninth Asia-Europe Meeting in Vientiane, Laos from November 4 to 6 and pay an official visit to Laos.

During the Meeting, Premier Wen Jiabao will elaborate China's views on the current global economic and financial situation and propositions of strengthening Asia-Europe cooperation. He will meet with leaders of some participating countries and exchange views with them on bilateral relations and Asia-Europe cooperation.

During his visit to Laos, Premier Wen Jiabao will have an in-depth exchange of views with leaders of Laos on bilateral relations and issues of common interest to further consolidate bilateral good-neighborly friendship, deepen practical cooperation and promote the development of China-Laos comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation.

Second, at the invitation of the Chinese side, the UN-AL Joint Special Representative on the Syrian issue Brahimi will pay a visit to China from October 30 to 31. China attaches great importance to and supports Joint Special Representative Brahimi's mediation efforts on the political resolution of the Syrian issue, and looks forward to having in-depth communication with him during the visit so as to jointly promote the process of political settlement of the Syrian issue.

Q: Members of the "East Turkistan" organization reportedly sneaked into Syria and joined battle. What is China's comment?

A: We have noted relevant reports. China opposes all forms of terrorism. The growing links between the "East Turkistan" terrorist forces led by the "East Turkistan Islamic Movement" and international terrorist organizations not only seriously harm China's national security, but also pose a threat to the peace and stability of other countries. The international community should maintain a high degree of vigilance, further strengthen cooperation and jointly fight against terrorist organizations including the "East Turkistan" terrorist forces.

Q: Syria reportedly failed to achieve a ceasefire during Eid al-Adha, resulting in heavy casualties. The Syrian government and opposition accused each other of violating the ceasefire proposal. What is China's comment?

A: China is worried and distressed at the casualties caused by the failure to achieve a ceasefire and continuous violent conflicts during Eid al-Adha in Syria. We urge all parties concerned in Syria to proceed from the fundamental and long-term interests of the country and the people, earnestly respond to and implement Joint Special