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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on November 9, 2012


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on November 9, 2012.

Q: The Japanese Defense Minister recently suggested to the US that given the current strained China-Japan relations, amendments should be made to the Japan-US Defense Cooperation Guidelines. What is China's comment?

A: The Japan-US alliance is a bilateral arrangement made under specific historical conditions. Thus it should not go beyond its bilateral scope and undermine the interests of a third party, including those of China. We hope that both Japan and the US will respect regional countries' security concerns and make more contribution to regional peace and stability.

After the press conference, a journalist asked the following question: Australian Climate Change Minister Greg Combet reportedly said on November 9 that his country was ready to sign up for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. What is China's comment?

Hong Lei stated that China noted the Australian Environment Minister's remarks about Australia's readiness to join the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. In the run-up to the climate conference in Doha, Australia's decision is a step forward in the right direction, which is of positive significance for the conference to finally reach an agreement on relevant arrangement. We hope that the Australian side will earnestly honor its historical responsibility and legal obligation by taking the lead in undertaking quantitative emission reduction by a large margin and join others to combat climate change.

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