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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on December 19, 2012

2012/12/20

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on December 19, 2012.

Q: It is reported that South African President Jacob Zuma was successfully re-elected as President of the African National Congress (ANC). What is China's comment?

A: We would like to extend sincere congratulations to President Zuma on his re-election as President of the ANC. We believe under the leadership of President Zuma and the ANC, the South African people will make more glorious achievements in the cause of national development.

We are ready to deepen exchanges and cooperation with the South African government and the ANC, and push forward the China-South Africa comprehensive strategic partnership.

Q: British Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire recently issued a statement regarding Tibet-related issues. What is China's comment?

A: The British side made groundless accusations of China on Tibet-related issues in disregard of the great achievements made in the political, economic, cultural and other aspects of Tibet. This was a gross interference in China's internal affairs. China expresses strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition to it. China-UK relations have been affeced by British leaders' meeting with Dalai Lama. We urge the British side to conscientiously reflect on its wrong deeds, take China's position seriously, earnestly respect China's sovereignty, and not to do anything that would interfere in China's internal affairs and damage China-UK relations.

Q: It is reported that after the DPRK's latest satellite launch, the US side is considering sanctions against the DPRK and hopes for China's support. What is China's comment?

A: 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 have repeatedly stated our position on the DPRK's satellite launch, and hope that further escalation of the situation could be avoided. Relevant parties should refrain from taking actions that may magnify the situation. We hope all parties concerned could proceed from the big picture, and do more things that are conducive to the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula instead of the contrary.

China remains committed to the peace, stability and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and evenly addressing the concerns of all relevant parties through dialogue and consultation. Under the current complicated situation, we hope all relevant parties could make joint efforts to restart the Six-Party Talks at an early date for realization of the above objectives and the long-term peace and stability in the region.

Q: President pro tempore of the US Senate Daniel Inouye passed away on December 17, and Senator Pat Leahy succeeded his post. What is China's comment?

A: President pro tempore of the US Senate Daniel Inouye had been long supporting the development of China-US relations, and particularly devoted to expanding legislative exchanges between the two countries. China laments his death, and has extended condolences to his family.

We would also like to congratulate Senator Pat Leahy on his appointment as President pro tempore of the Senate.

Q: The US Department of Commerce recently announced anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on large wind towers imported from China. What is China's comment?

A: The Chinese competent department has stated the position on relevant issue. I would like to point out that trade protectionism not only undermines the atmosphere of China-US economic and trade cooperation, but is also inconducive to the interests of the US industry itself. We hope both sides could make full use of the existing cooperation mechanisms and properly resolve trade disputes through dialogue.

Q: The ROK is holding the presidential election today. What is China's expectation of the ROK's new President?

A: China hopes that the election will be held smoothly. We look forward to working with the ROK side to continue deepening mutual trust, strengthening cooperation, promoting friendship and pushing forward the China-ROK strategic partnership of cooperation on the basis of the existing good foundation.

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