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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on November 29, 2012


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on November 29, 2012.

Hong Lei started the press conference with the following announcements:

At the invitation of Deputy Prime Ministers Dmitry Rogozin and Arkady Dvorkovich of the government of the Russian Federation and Deputy Prime Minister Kairat Kelimbetov of the government of Kazakhstan, Vice Premier Wang Qishan of the State Council will attend the 16th Meeting of the Regular Meeting Committee between Chinese and Russian Prime Ministers and the 9th Meeting of China-Russia Energy Negotiation Representatives in Russia from December 4 to 6. He will also attend the 6th Meeting of China-Kazakhstan Cooperation Committee in Kazakhstan from December 7 to 8.

Q: It is learned that the Chinese Foreign Ministry recently sent a delegation to Spain for communication on the Spanish police's crackdown on criminal gangs last month which has affected the Chinese business community in Spain. Could you brief us the specifics?

A: The Chinese side is deeply concerned about the impact on the Chinese community in Spain caused by the Spanish police's crackdown on criminal gangs in the middle of last month and has been in effective communication with the Spanish side on this matter. Under the joint efforts of the two sides, the impact of relevant operation on the Chinese community in Spain has been brought under initial control. From November 26 to 28, a delegation was sent to Spain by the Chinese Foreign Ministry to visit and comfort the Chinese business community and meet with officials of relevant Spanish authorities.

The delegation visited the shops and stores of Chinese businessmen, talked with them and listened to their appeals. The delegation encouraged the Chinese businessmen to pull together in tiding over difficulties and made constructive advice for them to integrate into the local community and engage in legal business operation. The delegation also met with the Spanish police and officials of the Spanish Foreign Ministry, demanding the Spanish side to undo the damage brought by the incident as soon as possible and earnestly protect the legitimate rights and interests of the vast number of Chinese people in Spain. The Spanish side responded positively, stressing that it would take forceful measures to properly handle relevant issue in order to ensure the sound and steady development of China-Spain relations.

Q: It is reported that the Hainan province recently promulgated a coastal border defense regulation which authorized law-enforcement over foreign fishing boats that illegally enter waters under its jurisdiction. What's the purpose of China's move?

A: Every country has the right to carry out maritime management according to law.

Q: The UN General Assembly today will vote on Palestine's bid for the UN observer state. Could you brief us on China's voting position?

A: Independent statehood is the lawful right of the Palestinian people as well as the basis of the "two-state solution". The Chinese side supports the founding of an independent Palestinian state with full sovereignty and East Jerusalem as its capital based on the 1967 borderline. China understands, respects and supports Palestine's bid for the UN observer state. At the same time, the Chinese side believes that peace talks are the right way to ultimately realize the "two-state solution" and supports Palestine and Israel in easing their tension through dialogue and negotiation and seeking a proper settlement of the issue of final status.

Q: First, some Myanmese staged demonstrations against the joint venture project of the Monywa Copper Ore between China and Myanmar. Has the Chinese side expressed concern to the Myanmese side and how do you think the situation should be addressed? Second, some NGOs said China was in the center of illegal international timber trade. How does China comment?

A: On your first question, the Monywa Copper Ore project is a joint venture of mutual benefit between Chinese and Myanmese enterprises. Decisions such as relocation compensation, environmental protection and interests sharing of the project were all agreed upon by both sides and are in conformity with Myanmese laws and regulations. We hope people of different sectors in Myanmar can create a conducive environment for the success of the project based on respect for Myanmese laws and regulations.

On your second question, China's position is clear and consistent with regards to fighting illegal logging and trade. We strongly oppose and fight illegal logging and trade, adhere to the strategy of cooperative management over forest resources featuring mutual benefit and sustainable development. We are ready to work with the international community to make even greater contribution to the poverty alleviation and economic development of forest regions, pushing for the sustainable operation of forests, safeguarding normal trade of forest products and strengthening the protection of global forest resources.

Q: First, the ROK plans to launch rocket "Naro" today which is believed by some critics to be provocative to the DPRK. How does China comment? Second, it is learned that the ROK head of delegation of the Six-Party Talks Lim Sung-nam has arrived in Beijing for a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wu Dawei. Could you please confirm?

A: On your first question, we have noticed the reports about the ROK's launch of Naro.

On your second question, the Chinese side has kept close communication with all parties concerned on issues related to the Six-Party Talks. The Chinese side is ready to work tirelessly for peace and stability in Northeast Asia and progress of the Six-Party Talks process. We will release information in a timely fashion.

Q: It is reported that serial car bombings hit the suburb of Damascus, capital of Syria on November 28, inflicting casualties. How does China comment?

A: The Chinese side is opposed to all forms of terrorism and condemns the serial bombings in the suburb of Damascus which caused casualties of innocent civilians.

The Chinese side once again urges relevant parties in Syria to fully implement the consensus of the international community on the peaceful settlement of the Syrian issue and immediately stop all violence, launch and promote the political dialogue and transition process led by the Syrian people as soon as possible in order to restore peace and stability of the country at an early date.

Q: Philippine Foreign Secretary said today that Chinese ships have stayed in "disputed" waters off the Huangyan Island for six months and the Chinese side should withdraw them from the area. How does China respond?

A: China has indisputable sovereignty over the islands in the South China Sea. The Huangyan island is China's inherent territory and there is no sovereignty dispute over it. We hope the Philippine side could do more for the peace and stability of the South China Sea and stop words and deeds that will complicate the South China Sea issue.

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