Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Regular Press Conference on December 30, 2008
On December 30, 2008, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang held a regular press conference and answered questions on conflicts between Palestine and Israel, tension between India and Pakistan, and etc.
Qin Gang: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I have an announcement to start with.
In order to promote the profound development of China-ASEAN strategic partnership and strengthen communication and coordination between the two, the Chinese Government has set up the ASEAN Ambassadorship, and has decided to appoint Madam Xue Hanqin as the first Ambassador, who will temporarily be non-permanent. Ambassador Xue is a senior diplomat and expert on international laws. She was Direct General of Department of Treaty and Law, Foreign Ministry, Chinese Ambassador to the Netherlands, and the permanent representative of the Chinese delegation to Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Ambassador Xue will play an important role in promoting the friendly exchanges and cooperation between China and ASEAN in extensive fields.
Now the floor is open.
Q: It’s reported that China and Japan may postpone their negotiation on joint development of oil and gas field in East China Sea till next February, could you confirm?
A: China and Japan are keeping contact and communication on the East China Sea issue.
Q: Could you elaborate on China’s position regarding the attacks in Gaza? Also, Could you tell us more about Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei’s visit to Pakistan?