Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on April 12, 2011

On the afternoon of April 12, 2011, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a regular press conference.

Hong Lei started the press conference with the following announcement:

At the invitation of the Ukrainian Government, Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang of the State Council will pay a visit to Ukraine from April 18 to 22 to hold the first meeting of China-Ukraine Cooperation Committee, and attend the Summit on Safe and Innovative Use of Nuclear Energy as the representative of President Hu Jintao.

Q: What is China's comment on AU delegation's recent mediation in Libya and its "road map" for the political settlement of Libyan crisis?

A: We have noted the diplomatic mediation of the AU delegation in Libya and the "road map" proposed for the political resolution of Libyan crisis. China appreciates AU's efforts to address the crisis in Libya through political means. We hope relevant parties pursue a ceasefire as soon as possible and resolve the crisis through dialogue, negotiation and other peaceful means. The international community should step up their peace promotion efforts.

Q: An explosion hit a subway station in the Belarusian capital of Minsk yesterday, killing 12 people. How do you comment on that? What is China's attitude towards terrorist attacks against metropolises?

A: We have noted that a terrorist explosion struck the Oktyabrskaya subway station in Minsk yesterday and caused heavy casualties. China strongly condemns the incident and extends condolences to the victims as well as solicitude to the bereaved families and the injured. China supports the Belarusian Government's efforts in combating terrorism and stands ready to work in concert with the international community including Belarus to crack down on the "three forces", guarantee the safety of people's life and property as well as maintain regional and international peace and stability.

Q: During State Councilor Liu Yandong's visit to the US, she will co-chair the second meeting of China-US High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange with US Secretary of State Clinton. Would you please brief us on the consultation mechanism?

A: The Chinese and US Governments decided to establish the China-US High-Level Consultation Mechanism on People-to-People Exchange in November 2009. In May 2010, the first meeting of this consultation was successfully held.

As the world's biggest developing country and developed country respectively, China and the US understanding, befriending and cooperating with each other is not only benefitial to our two peoples but also to people all over the world. The two sides should promote people-to-people and cultural exchange from a strategic perspective, solidify the social bases and public support for stronger China-US friendship so as to inject new vigor to the development of China-US relations.

Q: Ouattara's forces stormed Gbagbo's residence on April 11 and seized Gbagbo himself. What is China's comment?

A: China has followed closely the development of the situation in Côte d'Ivoire. We hope that Côte d'Ivoire will bring an end to the war and turmoil, restore social stability and national reconciliation as soon as possible and get back on the track of peaceful development. China is ready to work along with the international community to continue to play a positive role for peace, stability and development of Côte d'Ivoire.

Q: Japan has upgraded the severity of Fukushima nuclear leakage accident to level 7, the same as Chernobyl. Some countries criticize Japan for its lack of transparency in information release. What is China's attitude in this regard?

A: We have noted that Japan upgraded the severity of its nuclear leakage accident to level 7. We hope that relevant measures adopted by Japan will effectively ease the situation and that Japan will update the rest of the world on the situation of nuclear leakage in a timely, comprehensive and accurate manner.

Q: India attaches great importance to the upcoming meeting between President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Singh on the sidelines of the BRICS Leaders Meeting. China and India have reportedly found a solution to the issue over visas granted to people from India-administered Kashmir. What do you think will be covered in this bilateral meeting?

A: We welcome Prime Minister Singh to attend the BRICS Leaders Meeting in China, on the margins of which President Hu Jintao will meet with him, exchanging views on China-India relations as well as international and regional issues of common interest.

The past few years have witnessed sound and stable growth of China-India relations, featuring frequent high-level exchange of visit, ever-expanding exchange and cooperation across the board as well as good communication and coordination on major international and regional issues. This year marks "The Year of Exchange" between China and India. The two sides will stage a variety of activities to enhance mutual understanding and deepen friendly cooperation. We are full of confidence in the prospect of China-India relations.

As for the specific issue that you mentioned, I believe that China is willing to properly handle the issues emerging from personnel exchange between our two countries through friendly consultation with India.

Q: Special Representative Wu Dawei of the Chinese Government on the Korean Peninsular Affairs told the press yesterday after consultation with DPRK officials that in order to resume the Six-Party Talks, chief negotiators of the two Koreas can hold meetings first. Is this China's new proposal?

A: At the invitation of Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun, First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan of the DPRK paid a working visit to China. Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun, Special Representative Wu Dawei of the Chinese Government on the Korean Peninsular Affairs met and held talks with him respectively, exchanging in-depth views on issues of common interest including China-DPRK relations, situation on the Peninsula and the Six-Party Talks. The two sides agreed that it is in the common interest of all parties to realize denuclearization of the Peninsula and maintain peace and stability of the region. Both sides hope to work with relevant parties and conduct contact and dialogue positively so as to create conditions for an early resumption of the Six-Party Talks. We always encourage the DPRK and the ROK to improve their relations through dialogue and realize reconciliation and cooperation in a bid to promote peace and stability of the Peninsula.

Q: According to optimistic estimate, the Talks will be resumed in one or two months. Do you think the recent contact and consultation among competent officials of relevant countries help push ahead with this goal?

A: The Six-Party Talks on the DPRK nuclear issue is stalled at present. China has always made active efforts for the resumption of the Talks. China kept close contact with other parties recently and had deep discussions on the resumption of the Talks. We also hope that relevant parties join hands with China and conduct contact and dialogue positively so as to create favorable conditions for the resumption of the Talks.

Q: First, on the Japan nuclear leakage accident, is China satisfied with the information obtained from Japan so far? Second, Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero is going to visit China. It is said that he will discuss with China especially on the economic situation in Spain and its sovereign debt issue. Who will be meeting him and what remarks will China make on continuing to purchase national bonds of Spain?

A: On the Japan nuclear leakage accident, China is certainly concerned as a close neighbor of the country. We hope that Japan take concrete and effective measures and notify its neighboring countries and rest of the world with timely, comprehensive and accurate information. China closely follows the development of the situation while carrying out professional assessment. We are willing to stay in contact with Japan in this regard.

Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero is coming to China for the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2011. Premier Wen Jiabao and Vice Premier Li Keqiang will meet with him respectively in Beijing. President Hu Jintao will meet with him in Hainan and exchange views on China-Spain relations as well as international and regional issues of common interests.

Over the past years, Europe has been deeply affected by the international financial crisis. China is willing to join hands with Europe in tiding over the crisis and to make efforts within our capacities to help relevant European countries overcome the adverse effect brought by the international financial crisis.

Q: What kind of cooperation agreement will China and Brazil sign during Brazilian President Rousseff's visit to China?

A: We welcome President Rousseff's visit to China and her attendance at the BRICS Leaders Meeting. China pays great attention to her visit. President Hu Jintao and President Rousseff will have in-depth exchange of views on the advancement of China-Brazil strategic partnership as well as international and regional issues of common interest. Relevant cooperation documents will be signed. We believe that this visit will give a further boost to the existing sound cooperative relations between our two countries.

We have also noted that some media pay close attention to China-Brazil economic cooperation and trade recently. Thanks to the concerted efforts of both sides, China-Brazil economic cooperation and trade has made substantial progress. In the past decade, the two-way trade volume has increased twentyfold. China is now the biggest trading partner of Brazil, while Brazil is the ninth biggest trading partner of China. Economic cooperation and trade has become an important part of China-Brazil strategic partnership, bringing tangible benefits to the two countries and peoples and promoting common development of both sides. Problems within our economic relations, which are limited and temporary in nature, can be properly handled through dialogue and friendly consultation on an equal footing as the economic strength, technical innovation capacity and international competitiveness of the two countries keep advancing. With its open market, China welcomes more goods, especially those with high added value from Brazil. We hope that President Rousseff's visit will bring the China-Brazil economic relations and trade to a new phase of development.

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