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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on December 12, 2012


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on December 12, 2012.

Hong Lei started the press conference with the following statement:

As agreed between China and the US, Vice Premier Wang Qishan of the State Council will co-chair the 23rd China-US Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade with US Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Acting US Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank in Washington from December 18 to 19.

Q: First, how does China comment on the DPRK's launch of the "Kwangmyongsong-3" satellite? Second, the UN Security Council today begins to discuss the satellite launch of the DPRK and may discuss possible sanctions against the country. Is China of the view that the DPRK's satellite launch violated UN Security Council resolutions? What's your position on more sanctions against the DPRK?

A: On your first question, The Chinese side has noted relevant reports concerning the DPRK's satellite launch and noticed the reactions of parties concerned. We are regretable that the DPRK launched the satellite despite international concerns.

China always maintains that a fundamental approach should be found through dialogue and negotiation in order to realize lasting peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. We hope that parties concerned could stay cool-headed and jointly maintain peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula.

On your second question, the DPRK has the right of peaceful use of the outer space, but the right is subject to restrictions of relevant UN Security Council resolutions. As a UN member state, the DPRK has the obligation to abide by relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council. China believes that the Security Council's reaction should be prudent, moderate and conducive to maintaining peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula so as to avoid further escalation of situation.

Q: It is reported that Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid recently said that as India and China move forward in "finding resolution to the issues, and in converting their relationship into a meaningful partnership, India will have to accept the new reality", adding that "greater collaboration between the two will define Asia's role in the 21st century". How does China comment?

A: The Chinese side has noticed the remarks of Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid. China and India are the largest developing countries in the world and major countries in Asia. Leaders of both countries agree that the world is big enough for the common development of China and India and offers enough areas for their cooperation. A sustained, steady and sound China-India relationship will not only benefit people in both countries, but will also contribute to peace, stability and prosperity of Asia and the world as a whole.

In recent years, there has been substantial progress in bilateral relations and growing cooperation between the two countries across the board. China-India relations are faced with important opportunities. We are ready to work with the Indian side to continue to follow through on our leaders' consensus, develop our strategic partnership of cooperation based on equality, mutual trust, inclusiveness, mutual learning and win-win cooperation so as to strive for new progress in China-India relations.

Q: It is reported that the US National Intelligence Council released a report entitled "Global Trend 2030: Alternative World" on December 10, saying that China's economy will surpass that of the US by 2030 and expressing hope for cooperation between China and the US in the future. How does China comment?

A: Since reform and opening up, China has made significant achievements known to the whole world. However, we are fully aware that China remains the largest developing country and still has a long and arduous road ahead before realizing socialist modernization. The just-concluded 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China has set the future development goals of China. Namely, we will continue to focus on economic development, deepen economic reform in an all-round way and push forward strategic economic restructuring so as to realize comprehensive, coordinated and sustainable development.

China is committed to the road of peaceful development. China's development is aimed at constantly improving itself and making greater contribution to peace and development of the mankind, instead of overpowering others. China's development is to secure a happy life for its people, rather than competing with any other country for the so-called "dominance of the world".

Peace, stability and development of the world and the Asia-Pacific calls for the concerted efforts of all countries. China is committed to the foreign policy of openness, inclusiveness and mutual benefit as well as the neighbourhood policy of forging friendship and partnership with its neighbours. We are ready to work with other countries for peace, stability and prosperity of the region and beyond.

Q: It is reported that US President Barack Obama recently said that the US regards the "Syrian National Coalition", an opposition group, as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people. How does China comment?

A: The destiny of Syria should be decided by the Syrian people on their own. The political transition process led by the Syrian people should be launched and promoted as soon as possible for the fair, peaceful and proper settlement of the Syrian issue. The Chinese side hopes that all parties in Syria could work toward this end and is willing to keep in contact and communication with all parties concerned in Syria.

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