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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on October 30, 2012


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on October 30, 2012.

Q: The Foreign Ministry yesterday released an announcement saying that UN-AL Joint Special Representative on the Syrian issue Brahimi is visiting China today. Please brief us on his visit.

A: We will release information of his visit in due course.

Q: What is China's role in the peace talks between the Myanmar government and the Kachin Independence Army?

A: The long-standing issue of local ethnic armed forces is Myanmar's internal affair. China urges all relevant parties in Myanmar to resolve relevant issues through peaceful negotiation and consultation so as to maintain peace and tranquility in the China-Myanmar border area.

Q: Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba said today that Japan, while not changing the position that "there is no sovereignty dispute over the Diaoyu Islands", would seek to calm down the situation by peaceful means. What is China's comment?

A: The Japanese side's denial of sovereignty dispute over the Diaoyu Islands is self-deceiving. Japan's illegal "purchase" of the Diaoyu Islands broke the important consensus reached between leaders of the older generation of the two countries. The situation over the Diaoyu Islands has undergone fundamental changes. The Japanese side should not have any more illusion of occupying the Diaoyu Islands. What the Japanese side should do is to face up to the reality, admit the sovereignty dispute, correct mistakes and come back to the track of a negotiated settlement of the Diaoyu Islands dispute. We hope the Japanese side will show sincerity, take concrete actions and make due efforts to resolve the current Diaoyu Islands dispute.

Q: Japan, the United States and India held a consultation in New Delhi yesterday. What is China's comment?

A: China holds that countries shall strengthen dialogue and cooperation based on mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality and coordination so as to ensure common security and shared growth. We hope relevant countries will play more positive roles in regional peace, stability and development, which is in line with the common interests of the countries in the region.

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