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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on December 11, 2012

2012/12/12

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on December 11, 2012.

Q: Spokesperson of the US State Department said in the daily press briefing on December 10 that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had a telephone conversation with Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on December 7 over the DPRK's plan to launch a satellite. Could you give us the details?

A: The Chinese side's position on the issue is clear and consistent. The Chinese side has kept in communication with the US side and other parties concerned over the satellite launch of the DPRK. Under the current circumstances, the Chinese side hopes that relevant parties could look at the big picture and the long-term, handle the current situation in a cool-headed and proper manner so as to avoid further escalation of tension and jointly uphold peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the region.

Q: According to ROK reports, satellite photos showed that the DPRK was disassembling parts of the rocket it planned to launch. Is the Chinese side aware of the specifics? What comment do you have? Has the Chinese side imposed pressure on the DPRK over its rocket launch?

A: We have noted relevant information and followed the developments closely. As we have said, the Chinese side has maintained communication with the DPRK and all other parties concerned. Our position on this issue is also clear.

After the press conference, a journalist asked for the Chinese side's comment on Malian Interim Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra's announcement of his resignation and that of the government on December 11 following his arrest overnight in his own home.

Hong Lei said the following: we have noted relevant reports. The Chinese side hopes that all parties in Mali could stay united and complete the political transitional process of the country in a smooth manner.

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