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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on November 21, 2012

2012/11/22

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on November 21, 2012.

Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcement:

Special Envoy of President of the State of Palestine and General Secretary of the Palestinian People's Party Bassam Al Salehi will pay a visit to China from November 22 to 24. The two sides will exchange views on bilateral relations and issues including the current situation in the Gaza Strip and Palestine's bid for observer status at the United Nations.

Q: Secretary-General of the Arab League Nabil Elaraby reportedly led ten Arab foreign ministers to the Gaza Strip on November 20 for a visit. The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Israel for mediation and plans to visit Palestine and Egypt. How will China play its role in easing the tension between Israel and Palestine in the near future?

A: China is greatly concerned about the situation in Gaza. Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi had a telephone conversation with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr, supporting the efforts of Arab countries including Egypt and the Arab League to ease the tension. We have stayed in close contact with relevant parties such as Israel and Palestine and urged them, the Israeli side in particular, to exercise maximum restraint, achieve ceasefire at an early date, avoid escalation of tension and support the international community, including the Security Council, in taking necessary actions. China will continue to make unremitting efforts in her own way to ease the tension between Israel and Palestine and safeguard regional peace and stability.

Q: Provincial capital Goma of North Kivu in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was reportedly captured by "March 23 Movement" rebels and the airport was occupied by them on November 20. Government troops of Congo (DRC) have withdrawn to other bases and large numbers of refugees fled from Goma to the Rwandan border city Gisenyi. What is China's comment?

A: China has been closely following the situation in eastern Congo (DRC) and expresses concern over the serious deterioration of regional security and humanitarian situation. We hope relevant parties will resolve their differences through dialogue based on respecting and safeguarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Congo (DRC), and call on the international community and relevant parties including regional organizations to make continuous efforts to jointly ease the crisis in eastern Congo (DRC) and safeguard regional peace and stability.

Q: The UK yesterday recognized the "Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces" as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people. Will China do the same?

A: The current situation in Syria is extremely complex and grave. China always believes that political dialogue is the only right way to resolve the Syrian crisis and the political transition process led by the Syrian people should be launched and promoted at an early date. All actions by relevant parties should be conducive to ending all violence in Syria, pushing forward the political settlement of the Syrian issue, and safeguarding peace and stability in the Middle East.

Q: What role does China believe the UN Security Council should play in resolving the conflict in Gaza?

A: China has expressed grave concern over the continuous large scale air strikes by Israel against the Gaza Strip. We support the UN Security Council in responding to calls from the international community including Arab countries, speaking with one powerful voice on the situation in Gaza as soon as possible, promoting the ease of tension, avoiding more civilian casualties and safeguarding peace and stability in the Middle East. China will work with the international community for an early end of the current conflict in Gaza and a fair and reasonable settlement of the Palestinian issue.

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