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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on November 27, 2012

2012/11/28

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on November 27, 2012.

Hong Lei started the press conference with the following announcement:

At the invitation of the Hamburg Summit: China Meets Europe, CPPCC Vice Chairman and Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang will attend the Fifth Meeting of the Hamburg Summit: China Meets Europe in Hamburg, Germany from November 29 to 30 as the Representative of the Chinese Government.

Q: It is reported that the DPRK may launch a satellite again. Has the DPRK side informed the Chinese side about it? What is China's position on this matter?

A: China has noticed relevant reports. It's the common responsibility and shared interest of all parties concerned to maintain peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula.

After the press conference, a journalist asked the following question: on November 23, the US announced the postponement of the international conference on a zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East originally scheduled for the middle of December. How does China comment?

Hong Lei remarked that the Chinese side believes that the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East is not only conducive to maintaining and strengthening the international non-proliferation regime, but also conducive to pushing forward the Middle East peace process and enhancing security and stability of the region. China always supports Middle East countries' efforts to build a zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. We find it regrettable that the 2012 conference can not be held as scheduled and hope that the 2013 conference could be held at an early date. China will continue to work with other parties toward this end.

Another journalist asked for the Chinese side's comment on Nepalese President Ram Baran Yadav's call on all political parties to break the domestic political gridlock and reach consensus on the appointment of the prime minister and cabinet members before November 29 in a statement released by the President's Office according to press reports.

Hong Lei said he noticed the reports. The Chinese side upholds the principle of non-interference in other country's internal affairs and believes that the Nepalese side can handle its own affairs properly.

Another journalist asked for the Chinese side's comment on the big fire of a garment factory in Bangladesh which led to at least 121 deaths.

Hong Lei said that we express deep condolences over victims of the big fire in Bangladesh and give our sincere sympathy to families of the victims and the injured.

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