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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on December 13, 2012

2012/12/14

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on December 13, 2012.

Q: First, after the DPRK's satellite launch, has the Chinese side made contact with the DPRK, the US, the ROK, Japan and Russia? Second, it is reported that some countries were pressing for a resolution at the UN Security Council which aimed at comprehensive economic sanctions against the country. What is China's view?

A: On your first question, The Chinese side has kept in touch with all parties concerned over the situation on the Korean Peninsula. After the satellite launch, the Chinese side has made further communication with other parties concerned. We believe that the DPRK has the right of peaceful use of the outer space, but the right is now subject to restrictions of relevant UN Security Council resolutions.We are regretable that the DPRK launched the satellite despite international concerns. The Chinese side stresses that it is the common interest and shared responsibility of all parties concerned to ensure the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia. We hope relevant parties could do more which is conducive to the peace and stability of the Peninsula and work together for the early resumption of the Six-Party Talks. The Chinese side will stay in close communication with other parties concerned and make active efforts for the proper settlement of the current situation and the peace and stability of the Peninsula and the region.

On your second question, the DPRK has the right of peaceful use of the outer space, but the right is now 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: Japan scrambled F-15 fighter jets today to intercept a Chinese maritime surveillance plane that flew into the airspace of the Diaoyu Islands. How does China comment?

A: The Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands are China's inherent territory. The flight into the airspace of the Diaoyu Islands by a Chinese maritime surveillance plane is completely normal. The Chinese side demands the Japanese side to stop its illegal activities in the waters and airspace of the Diaoyu Islands.

Q: An internal document of the EU reportedly suggested the EU take actions against Huawei and ZTE, Chinese telecommunications manufacturers, claiming that they have been eroding the EU market and threatening EU security and companies. How does China comment?

A: The Chinese side has noted what some European media were reporting. Chinese and European telecom companies have significant commercial interests in each other's market, and mutually beneficial cooperation between the two sides has promoted the development and use of wireless communication equipments in the world. Any trade restriction measures will inevitably affect normal trade and investment and hamper bilateral cooperation in this field. The Chinese side hopes that the European side could bear in mind the larger interests of China-EU economic cooperation, honor its commitment of opposing trade protectionism and avoid any forms of restrictive measures.

Q: First, today is the 75th anniversary of the Nanking Massacre. How does China comment? Second, two Diaoyu-Islands-activists from Hong Kong went to the Yasukuni Shrine for protest were persuaded to leave by the Japanese police. How does China comment?

A: I want to express deep condolences over Chinese compatriots killed in the Nanking Massacre 75 years ago. The Nanking Massacre is a heinous crime committed by the Japanese militarism during its invasion of China and there is iron-clad evidence for that. The international community has long had a conclusion on it. The Chinese side always deems the development of China-Japan relations should be based on the principle of taking history as a guide and looking ahead to the future.

On your second question, we express our concerns and have asked the Japanese side to ensure the personal safety and lawful rights and interests of relevant personnel. The Chinese side will continue to urge the Japanese side to properly handle this issue.

Q: Does China prefer a presidential statement to a new resolution of sanctions against the DPRK in the UN Security Council?

A: As I have already pointed out, the Security Council's reaction on the DPRK's satellite launch 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 the fourth "Friends of Syria" Meeting was held in Morocco on December 12. The Meeting announced the recognition of the "Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces" as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people. How does China comment on the Meeting? Will the Chinese side think about inviting leaders of the Coalition to visit China?

A: We have noticed relevant reports. China believes that the destiny of Syria should be decided by the Syrian people on their own. It is imperative now to cease fire, end violence, launch and promote the political transition process led by the Syrian people as soon as possible in order to achieve the fair, peaceful and proper settlement of the Syrian issue. The international community should play a positive and constructive role in pressing all parties in Syria to work for the above goals. The Chinese side is willing to keep in contact and communication with all parties concerned in Syria.

Q: How does China assess the situation of the Korean Peninsula after the DPRK's satellite launch? What impact does the launch have on the Six-Party Talks?

A: The issue of security concern is the root cause of the ups and downs in the situation of the Korean Peninsula. There has been an increase in the uncertainties and destabilizing factors in the Peninsula. It is the common interest and shared responsibility of all parties concerned to ensure the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia, and push forward the Six-Party Talks and denuclearization of the Peninsula. The DPRK's satellite launch further highlighted the importance and urgency of resuming the Six-Party Talks. We hope relevant parties could work together for the resumption and promotion of relevant process.

Q: The Philippines and the US concluded their bilateral strategic dialogue on December 12, during which both sides expressed the wish to step up cooperation. How does China comment?

A: Peace, development and cooperation are currently the mainstream of the regional situation. We hope relevant countries' bilateral cooperation could keep in line with this trend.

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