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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on November 13, 2012

2012/11/14

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on November 13, 2012.

Q: It is reported that the IAEA will hold a new round of dialogue with Iran on December 13. According to Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili will have a telephone conversation with Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Iran is ready to restart talks with P5 plus one countries, "so each side can achieve satisfactory results". What is China's comment on that?

A: China always believes that dialogue and cooperation is the only right approach to appropriately solving the Iranian nuclear issue. We encourage the IAEA to enhance cooperation with Iran and support P5 plus one countries in continuing dialogue with Iran so that progress can be made soon for comprehensive, long-term and appropriate settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue. China will stay in communication with all parties.

Q: It is reported that Dalai addressed an audience of 140 Japanese parliamentarians in the Upper House members' office building on the morning of November 13. Participants announced the establishment of a "pro-Tibet Diet members' alliance". What is China's comment?

A: Tibet is an inalienable part of China. Under the cloak of religion, Dalai is a political exile who has long been engaged in activities aimed at splitting China on the international stage. We are firmly opposed to the provision of support by any country or any person to Dalai in any form for his anti-China separatist activities.

We strongly condemn the Japanese right-wing forces' interference in China's internal affairs by blatantly supporting Dalai's anti-China separatist activities. The Japanese government has been conniving at the above activity of Dalai and the right-wing forces, which deviates from the principle and spirit of China-Japan strategic relationship of mutual benefit. The Chinese side has lodged solemn representations with the Japanese side.

Q: Connie Hedegaard, the European Commissioner for Climate Action reportedly said that the European Commission offered to suspend its carbon tax on air travel, hoping that a multilateral agreement can be reached on this issue during the general assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization. However, if the assembly fails to deliver a deal, the EU will continue with its relevant measures. How does China respond?

A: China has noted the EU official's remarks. China will welcome it, if the EU makes up its mind to suspend its unilateral measures. China always maintains that within multilateral mechanisms, such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), we should jointly tackle climate change through international cooperation in accordance with the principles and provisions of the UNFCCC. China is opposed to unilateral actions.

What should be pointed out is that China cannot accept the EU's action of linking the multilateral process with unilateral measures and setting preconditions to the multilateral process.

Together with other parties concerned, China will continue to actively cope with climate change within multilateral mechanisms, such as the UNFCCC and the International Civil Aviation Organization.

Q: The UN General Assembly is going to decide whether to accept Palestine as its observer state. President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas said he was considering restarting peace talks with Israel after Palestine secures the UN observer status. What is China's comment?

A: China always supports the Palestinian people's just cause of restoring lawful national rights and regards the founding of an independent state as the Palestinian people's lawful right as well as the foundation for the implementation of the "two-state solution". China supports the establishment of an independent Palestinian state that enjoys full sovereignty, with East Jerusalem as its capital and based on the 1967 border. China understands, respects and supports relevant requirements of the Palestinian side on the issue concerning its accession to the UN.

Meanwhile, China also believes that peace talks is the correct way to the ultimate realization of the "two-state solution". China supports Palestine and Israel in appropriately solving the issue of final-status through political negotiations.

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