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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on December 17, 2012

2012/12/18

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on December 17, 2012.

Q: The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan led by Shinzo Abe won the election of the House of Representatives on December 16, and will replace the Democratic Party to take power. What is China's comment?

A: We have noted the result of the election of Japan's House of Representatives. China and Japan are important neighbors to each other, and the two sides reached the consensus of building China-Japan strategic relationship of mutual benefit in 2006. To maintain peaceful and stable bilateral cooperative relations is not only in the interests of both countries, but also the need of peaceful development of Asia. China attaches great importance to Japan's policy toward China, and hopes that the Japanese side could have a deep understanding of and properly deal with the difficulties and problems between the two countries, and push for the healthy and stable development of bilateral relations in accordance with the principles and spirit of the four political documents between China and Japan.

Meanwhile, we also follow closely which direction Japan will take, and hope that Japan would stick to the road of peaceful development, and play a constructive role in regional peace, stability and development.

Q: What is China's expectation of Shinzo Abe, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party that will soon take power?

A: I have pointed out that peaceful and stable China-Japan cooperative relations are not only in the interests of both countries, but also the need of peaceful development of Asia. We hope that the Japanese side could have a deep understanding of and properly deal with the difficulties and problems between the two countries, and push for the healthy and stable development of the bilateral relations in accordance with the principles and spirit of the four political documents between China and Japan.

Q: It is reported that Fitch released a report recently, marking the rating outlook of China as negative, and the rating of China is very likely to be downgraded. Comments say it reflects the falling confidence of the international community in China's economic prospects. What is China's comment?

A: I believe you have noticed that the Central Economic Work Conference held recently pointed out that the long-term fundamentals of China's economic and social development remain sound, with huge potential in the domestic market, social productive forces on a solid foundation, strong ability of scientific and technological innovation, abundant human resources, significant comprehensive strength of production factors and constant improvment of the mechanism of the socialist market economy. The Conference comprehensively analyzed the opportunities and challenges facing China's development, and outlined next year's work. The international community pays great attention to the Conference. Many press reports and experts have made positive comments on it.

The series of economic data recently released by the Chinese government show a stable economy, quickening structural adjustment and continuous improvement of people's livelihood in China. With the further development of China's industrialization, informatization, urbanization and agricultural modernization, as well as vast potential in the domestic market and regional development, we have the confidence and ability to maintain sustained and healthy economic development and overall social progress.

Among the major economies in the world, the good performance of the Chinese economy is universally recognized. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development believes that China is the most attractive investment destination in the world. According to statistics, China ranks the first in attracting foreign investment in the first half of this year. Recent reports by some large international banks, multinational companies and well-known think tanks all believe that global investors are optimistic about the Chinese economy. I hope relevant rating agency could have more comprehensive, solid and accurate assessment of the Chinese economy.

Q: First, for China, what is the difference between the Liberal Democratic Party's taking power and that of the Democratic Party of Japan? How do you see the loss of politicians who have close ties with China in the election? Second, Shinzo Abe made remarks on the Diaoyu Islands issue after the election. How does China respond?

A: On the first question, we do not comment on Japan's internal affairs.

On the second question, the Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands are China's inherent territory. We hope the Japanese side could take concrete actions and make due efforts for the proper settlement of relevant issues and improvement of bilateral relations.

Q: Recently, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy High Representative Catherine Ashton and Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird issued statements respectively, attacking China's Tibet-related policies. What is China's comment?

A: Tibet-related affairs are purely China's internal affairs. Recently, a few political leaders of the US, the EU and Canada made groundless accusations of China on Tibet-related issues in disregard of facts, which is an interference in China's internal affairs. China expresses strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition to it.

The great achievements made in the political, economic, cultural and other aspects of Tibet in the past 61 years since Tibet's peaceful liberation are known to the whole international community. We demand relevant parties to correct their wrong words and deeds, earnestly respect China's sovereignty, and do not do anything that interferes in China's internal affairs.

Q: Does China believe that the end will soon come for the Bashar regime? What is China's position on the establishment of a transitional government in Syria and the probable coming to power of the opposition?

A: The Chinese side has repeatedly elaborated on its views of the current situation in Syria. China is deeply concerned over the continuous violence and conflicts in Syria, and always maintains that political resolution best serves the fundamental interests of the Syrian people and the common interests of the international community. China once again urges relevant parties in Syria to immediately cease fire and stop violence, and launch and press ahead with the political transition process led by the Syrian people on the basis of the communiqué of the Geneva foreign ministers' meeting of the Action Group on Syria at an early date so as to restore national security and stability.

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