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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on December 5, 2012


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on December 5, 2012.

Hong Lei started the press conference with the following announcement:

At the invitation of Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Villy Sovndal will pay an official visit to China from December 11 to 13.

Q: NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen reportedly said on December 4 that NATO agreed to deploy Patriot missiles along Turkey's borders with Syria in order to augment Turkey's air defense capabilities. The missile deployment would be defensive only and would in no way support a no-fly zone or any offensive operation. What is China's comment?

A: China has noticed relevant situation. We always stand for a political settlement of the Syrian issue through dialogue and negotiation. Highlighting military factors and strengthening military presence is not conducive to the resolution of relevant conflicts and disputes or regional peace, security and stability.

Q: Indian National Security Advisor Menon visited China recently. How does China see current China-India relations?

A: Indian National Security Advisor Menon visited China recently. Chairman Wu Bangguo of the Standing Committee of National People's Congress met with him. State Councilor Dai Bingguo held talks with him. Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi also met with Menon.

Both the Chinese and Indian sides spoke highly of the important progress in China-India relations. The two sides agreed that as the world's two largest developing countries, China and India face important opportunities and common challenges and enjoy broad prospects for cooperation. The two countries should enhance political mutual trust, deepen economic cooperation, and boost people-to-people and cultural exchanges in a bid to promote their common development, bolster friendship between the two peoples and uphold peace of the region and beyond.

After the press conference, a journalist asked the following question: media comments say that China's greenhouse gas emissions are growing, but global emission reduction treaties impose much heavier reduction duties on developed countries than on China, which is unrealistic both politically and technically. All parties should share the emission reduction obligation in a reasonable manner. What is China's comment?

Hong Lei remarked that the international community should put the climate change issue in a scientific and reasonable perspective and take corresponding measures. Apart from the current and aggregate emissions, more importantly, we should take into account the historical and per capita emissions.

Climate change is mainly the result of huge, uncontrolled emissions of developed countries since the Industrial Revolution. The per capita emissions of developed countries are far greater than the world's average even today. This is the reason why the basic legal regime that developed countries should take the lead for quantified emission reduction was established by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol when they came into being. This basic regime should still be upheld today.

The vast number of developing countries have also made unremitting efforts to address climate change. China has taken a host of effective policy measures and made the tackling of climate change a mandatory target of the "12th Five-year Plan", yielding significant and well-known results. China will continue to follow the basic principle and regime of the UNFCCC and make its due contribution to global efforts against climate change together with other parties.

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