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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on November 5, 2012


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on November 5, 2012.

Q: It is reported that Dalai arrived in Japan yesterday for a ten-day visit. He will conduct so-called religious activities and meet with some Japanese politicians during the visit. How does China comment?

A: Dalai is a political exile who has long engaged in anti-China separatist activities under the cloak of religion. His major objective in conducting international activities is to collude with foreign anti-China forces in an attempt to split China and damage China's relations with relevant countries.

China firmly opposes the provision of platforms by any country or any person to Dalai's separatist activities in any form. China has made solemn representations with Japan.

Q: How does China comment on the Japan-US joint military drill starting today given the tensions over the dispute of the Diaoyu Islands?

A: I have made clear our position many times. We follow closely relevant movements. Peace, development and cooperation is the shared aspiration of regional countries. Intentionally highlighting the military and security agenda is not helpful to boosting security mutual trust in this region, nor is it in line with the trend of regional development. We hope relevant countries will do more for peace and stability of the region.

Q: Please brief us on the latest development of the death of Japanese tourists in Hebei province yesterday.

A: It is learned that four Japanese tourists were trapped in the mountainous area of Huailai County, Zhangjiakou due to a sudden change of weather on November 3. Attaching great importance to this incident, the provincial Party committee and government of Hebei province organized an immediate search and rescue operation. Up till now, one has been rescued, two dead and another missing among the four Japanese tourists. The search and rescue work is still underway. Competent Chinese authority will follow the incident closely and take care of the treatment of the injured and follow-up issues for the victims.

Q: How many rounds of consultations have been held between China and Japan over the issue of the Diaoyu Islands? When will the next round be held? What is China's expectation of the outcomes of consultation?

A: China and Japan have always kept in contact and consultation over the Diaoyu Islands issue through different channels and in various forms. What's more, the two sides launched the vice foreign ministers' consultation on the Diaoyu Islands issue on September 25. The Chinese side seriously and fully expounded on the Chinese government's solemn position and resolve of defending national territorial sovereignty during its contacts and consultations at all levels with Japan. We urge Japan to admit mistakes, change course and make concrete efforts for the proper settlement of the current problems.

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