Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on July 5, 2011


On the afternoon of July 5, 2011, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a regular press conference.

Hong Lei started the press conference with the following announcements:

Jiang Weixin, Special Envoy of President Hu Jintao and Minister of Housing and Urban-Rural Development will attend the Independence Ceremony of the Republic of Southern Sudan on July 9 in Juba upon invitation.

At the invitation of the Government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang will lead the Chinese goodwill delegation to visit the DPRK and attend commemorative activities of the 50th anniversary of the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance between China and the DPRK from July 10 to 13.

Q: What is China's comment on the EU's recent announcement of providing 10 million euros' worth of food aid to the DPRK?

A: We welcome the international community's relevant assistance to the DPRK and hope it will help to improve people's well-being there.

Q: German Chancellor Merkel was quoted as saying that in order to reach a new international convention on climate change, all countries should set binding and verifiable emission cut goals; in order to prevent the global temperature from increasing 2 more degrees celsius, emerging countries should share certain responsibility, and China's role in this regard is of great importance. How does China respond?

A: Climate change is a grave challenge faced by all mankind, which requires joint efforts by all countries in accordance with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change as well as its established principle of common but differentiated responsibilities.

China upholds the proposal of reducing per capita carbon emission so as to prevent the global temperature from increasing 2 more degrees celsius. According to the statistics of the International Energy Agency, developed countries' per capita emission, several times bigger than that of developing countries, far exceeds the global average level, therefore developed countries should take the lead in making deep quantified emission cuts.

China attaches great importance to climate change. The reduction and mitigation goals set by the Chinese Government, the actions taken as well as the tangible results obtained are as good as those of developed countries and highly commended by all countries. China values actions and concrete results rather than empty talks, which fully demonstrates China's highly responsible attitude in handling the global issue. We stand ready to jointly promote international cooperation on climate change with the international community including Germany with a positive and constructive attitude in line with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol and the mandate of the Bali Roadmap.

Q: A Myanmar anti-government organization made a statement recently, opposing China's dam construction in Myanmar. What is China's comment?

A: China pursues the principle of non-interference in other countries' internal affairs. China-Myanmar economic and trade cooperation, based on equality and mutual benefit, is conducive to economic development of both countries and the well-being of the two peoples.

Q: The Pheu Thai Party has reportedly won the election of the lower house of the Thai Parliament. What is China's comment?

A: As a friendly neighbour of Thailand, China expresses congratulations on the smooth election of the lower house of the Thai Parliament. The political stability of Thailand serves the fundamental interests of the Thai people as well as the advancement of China-Thailand relations. We sincerely hope that Thailand enjoys social harmony, economic development as well as prosperity and peace.

Q: The Philippine military said today that Philippine fishing boats were disturbed by unidentified ship near the South China Sea. What is China's comment? Separately, which DPRK officials will Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang meet with during his visit and what will they talk about?

A: On your first question, I am not aware of relevant information.

On your second question, the Chinese delegation will attend relevant commemorative activities in the DPRK, about which we will release information in due course.

In addition, at the invitation of the Chinese Government, Yang Hyung Sop, Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea and Vice President of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly will lead the DPRK goodwill delegation to visit China and attend relevant commemorative activities from July 9 to 12. Relevant agenda is still under bilateral consultation.

Q: Ten Japanese fishing boats were operating in the waters off the Diaoyu Islands during Japanese Foreign Minister's recent visit to China. Will it affect China-Japan relations?

A: The Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands have been China's inherent territory since ancient times. China has indisputable sovereignty over them. Any measure adopted by Japan in the waters off the Diaoyu Islands is illegal and invalid. China has lodged solemn representations to the Japanese side, urging Japan to withdraw the fishing boats from relevant waters immediately. It is learned that the Japanese fishing boats have already left the waters.

Q: Please brief us on the official visit by Philippine Foreign Secretary to China in early July.

A: At the invitation of Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario will pay an official visit to China from July 7 to 9.

This will be his first visit to China as Foreign Secretary. During the visit, Foreign Minister Yang will hold talks with him and Chinese leaders meet him as well. The two sides will exchange views on how to strengthen high-level exchanges, promote mutually beneficial cooperation, properly handle specific issues in bilateral relations, jointly promote regional cooperation in East Asia and other topics.

Q: It was reported that the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon submitted a formal indictment to Lebanese procuratorial authorities concerning the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri days ago. How do you comment?

A: On the issue of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri, China always supports an objective and fair investigation. It is hoped that the work of the Special Tribunal is conducive to realizing judicial justice and national reconciliation in Lebanon and safeguarding stability there and in the Middle East.

Q: Gaddafi reportedly said days ago that Libya would attack European civilians and government institutions in retaliation of NATO's air strikes against Libya. How do you comment?

A: China holds that force, never a solution, will only complicate the issue. It is hoped that the parties involved in the Libyan crisis treat the current situation rationally, push for an immediate ceasefire and bring the crisis onto the track of political settlement at an early date.

Q: First, it was reported that the 17th African Union Summit approved a new roadmap on the political settlement of the Libyan crisis. How do you comment on the roadmap? Second, preliminary referendum results show that Morocco's new draft constitution has been adopted. How do you comment on the results?

A: On your first question, China appreciates and supports the African Union's efforts to push for a political settlement of the Libyan issue and hopes that relevant parties in Libya proceed from the fundamental interests of the country and people, earnestly consider the mediation plan and start concrete dialogue as soon as possible so as to bring the issue onto the track of political settlement at an early date.

On your second question, China welcomes Morocco's recent adoption of the new draft constitution in a referendum, and supports the positive efforts by the Moroccan King and Government to promote political reform, develop the national economy and safeguard social stability.

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