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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on December 7, 2012


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on December 7, 2012.

Q: What proposals for practical cooperation did Premier Wen Jiabao made at the 11th SCO Prime Ministers' Meeting?

A: During his attendance at the Meeting, Premier Wen Jiabao made a series of proposals to enhance the practical cooperation within the SCO. He proposed that the Chinese side will work closely with other parties concerned to make the connectivity of regional infrastructure a top priority of practical cooperation, fulfill the commitment China made in June this year of providing 10-billion-dollar loans, consider the possibility of setting up an economic and technological cooperation fund earmarked for the region, and work to create conditions for the establishment of a development bank within the SCO framework. He suggested developing an SCO telecom satellite service, establishing a China-SCO environment protection cooperation center, a stronger force to combat the "three evil forces", setting up a disaster warning and relief center, and actively carrying out food cooperation, etc.

Leaders of other participating countries gave positive comments on the achievements and broad prospects of the SCO cooperation and appreciated the Chinese side's proposals and suggestions as well as its positive role in promoting the development of the SCO, strengthening solidarity and cooperation among regional countries and enhancing regional peace and prosperity. They expressed their readiness to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation with the Chinese side for common development.

Q: On December 6, the UN-AL Joint Special Representative on the Syrian Issue Lakhdar Brahimi held talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The three parties agreed to stay committed to finding a creative way to settle the Syrian issue and explore how to launch the Syrian peace process based on the communique of Geneva foreign ministers' meeting of the Action Group on Syria. How does China respond?

A: The Chinese side supports all efforts that are conducive to pushing for the political settlement of the Syrian issue and the fair mediation of Special Representative Brahimi. We hope relevant parties will adhere to the right direction of the political resolution, take concrete measures to implement the international consensus such as the communique of Geneva foreign ministers' meeting of the Action Group on Syria so that the Syrian issue could be settled in a fair, peaceful and proper manner at an early date.

Q: New Japanese Ambassador to China Masato Kitera was quoted as saying "it would be beneficial to the interests of both peoples to look at the big picture on bilateral relations and try to improve China-Japan ties", adding that he would hold talks with Chinese people from all walks of life after he arrives in China. What's China's comment?

A: It is in the fundamental interests of both countries and both peoples to develop sound and stable China-Japan relations. The Chinese side's position to develop China-Japan strategic relationship of mutual benefit based on the four political documents between China and Japan remains unchanged. However, it's imperative for Japan to show sincerity and make concrete efforts to properly resolve and handle relevant issue, and improve bilateral relations.

Q: Please brief us on the 17th regular meeting between Chinese and Russian prime ministers and the official visit to Russia by Premier Wen Jiabao.

A: During his visit to Russia, Premier Wen Jiabao held the 17th regular meeting between Chinese and Russian prime ministers with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and met with President Vladimir Putin. Leaders of the two countries comprehensively reviewed the various achievements made in China-Russia cooperation over the past ten years, fully affirmed the important role played by the regular meeting between Chinese and Russian prime ministers and agreed to value bilateral relations from a strategic and comprehensive perspective, maintain the continuity of important mechanisms such as the regular meeting between prime ministers and jointly embrace an even broader prospect of friendly cooperation.

Premier Wen Jiabao gave an in-depth analysis of the current international political and economic situation, pointing out that the two countries should constantly deepen political and strategic mutual trust, expand practical cooperation, speed up their own development, protect their common interests, push the United Nations, G20, SCO, BRICs and other mechanisms to play a greater role and boost multi-polarity and sustainable development of the world.

Premier Wen Jiabao made proposals to further strengthen bilateral cooperation: first, expand trade and strive to reach in advance the goal of 100-billion-dollar two-way trade by 2015; second, enhance energy cooperation and push for energy security and sustainable development of the two countries; third, broaden cooperation in the fields of investment, deep processing, high technology and innovation and carry out cooperation on major strategic projects in space and aviation; fourth, make use of the mechanism of regular meetings between local leaders to enhance local cooperation; fifth, bring into play the role of the market and provide greater support and convenience to enterprise cooperation in terms of policy and management; sixth, expand people-to-people and cultural exchanges, successfully host activities such as the "Year of Chinese Tourism" and implement the ten-year plan of China-Russia humanities cooperation; seventh, actively take part in global economic governance and push forward the reform of international economic and financial systems.

Russian leaders remarked that China-Russia relationship is an example of relations between major responsible emerging countries. They completely agreed with China's proposals to further develop bilateral relations and were ready to work with the Chinese side to further step up high-level exchanges and strategic coordination, expand exchanges and cooperation in the fields of business, energy, space, aviation, transportation, high-technology and humanities so as to make new and greater progress in bilateral relations.

Q: ROK media reported that the DPRK had started fueling the rocket. How does China comment?

A: I already replied similar questions yesterday. I want to point out that under the current circumstances, the Chinese side hopes that the DPRK will act prudently with the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia in mind. We also hope other parties to the Six-Party Talks could take a long-term and calm approach, and make active efforts to properly resolve the current situation and avoid escalation of tension.

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