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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on December 10, 2012


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on December 10, 2012.

Q: It is reported that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently announced that the Canadian government decided to approve CNOOC's acquisition of Nexen. How does China comment?

A: We welcome the Canadian government's approval of CNOOC's aquisition of Nexen. This project is a decision jointly made by relevant Chinese and Canadian enterprises on their own accord based on commercial principles. We hope the acquisition could be carried out in a smooth manner so as to realize mutual benefit and bring benefits to both sides.

Q: It is reported that on December 7, the spokesperson of the Philippine Foreign Ministry said that the vice ministerial meeting on the South China Sea issue among the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam scheduled to be held on December 12 was postponed due to conflicting schedules. How does China comment?

A: The Chinese side has noticed relevant reports. China's position on the South China Sea issue is clear and consistent that relevant dispute should be addressed by countries directly concerned through friendly bilateral consultation and negotiation. This is an important principle and spirit of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), and is also the consensus of all signatories of the DOC. We hope relevant parties could bear in mind peace and stability of the region and contribute more to greater mutual trust and cooperation.

Q: Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said recently in an interview to the Financial Times that the Philippines viewed Japan as a "significant balancing factor" to the rise of China and welcomed Japan's rearming. How does China comment?

A: The era of the Cold War is long gone. The issue of one country containing another one does not exist.

Q: It is reported that the 18th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 8th Conference of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol was wrapped up in Doha, Qatar on December 8. How does China assess the conference?

A: The Doha Conference was concluded on the night of December 8 after tough negotiations. The Conference adopted the amendment to the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol and set the quantified emission reduction targets for developed countries and economies in transition from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2020. The Conference also demanded developed countries to continue raising climate funding so as to help developing countries enhance their capability to tackle climate change. The Conference also outlined an overall plan for the working arrangements of the Durban Platform negotiations.

The outcome of the Doha Conference in general has adhered to the principle of "common but differentiated responsiblities", safeguarded the basic legal framework of the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol, pushed forward the process of the UN multilateral climate change negotiations and sent a positive signal to the international community. The Chinese side is satisfied with the above.

However, there is a growing sign at the Doha Conference that developed countries were trying to play down their historical responsibilities and the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities". They grossly lack the political will to reduce emissions and provide financial and technological transfer to developing countries. This is the major reason why the Conference failed to deliver more results and also the main obstacle to future international cooperation against climate change. In the future, the Chinese side is ready to step up cooperation with other parties for the full and effective implementation of the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol.

Q: It is reported that anti-China demonstrations broke out last weekend in some cities of Vietnam, during which people protested against China's claim over the South China Sea. How does China comment?

A: China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters. Any action that might complicate or amplify the Nansha dispute shouldn't be encouraged or supported. The Chinese side has asked the Vietnamese side to take effective measures to earnestly protect the safety and legitimate rights and interests of Chinese nationals and institutions in Vietnam.

Q: It is reported that the DPRK recently announced that "it was seriously considering the possibility of readjusting the launch period". How does China comment? Was it due to pressure from the Chinese side?

A: We have noted the statement released by the DPRK. China's position on the issue is consistent. We hope all parties concerned could make joint efforts for the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the region.

Q: The Chinese side made clear that it had exchanged views with the DPRK over its satellite launch several times. Is the Chinese side still in communication with the DPRK side?

A: We have briefed you on the situation. The Chinese side is willing to stay in communication and coordination with all parties concerned for the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the region.

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