Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on February 4, 2013.
Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcement:
At the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad will visit China from February 4 to 7. During the visit, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun will meet and hold talks with him respectively. This is part of China's efforts for promoting political resolution of the Syrian issue.
Q: The ROK government estimates that the DPRK is ready for a nuclear test. What is China's comment? How will China dissuade the DPRK from conducting a nuclear test?
A: Properly dealing with the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue and safeguarding peace and stability of the Peninsula and Northeast Asia serves the common interests and is also the shared responsibility of all relevant parties. China is committed to the realization of denuclearization as well as peace and stability on the Peninsula. This position is clear and consistent. We call on parties concerned to refrain from taking actions that may escalate the tension in the region, and hope more could be done to ease the tension so as to jointly safeguard peace and stability on the Peninsula.
Q: German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said at the Munich Security Conference that resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue failed to make progress in the past year. The US and Israel have concluded their general elections and Iran's election is to be held in June, making 2013 a crucial year to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue. What is China's expectation on pushing forward resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue in 2013?
A: The international community has been actively promoting dialogue and negotiation on the Iranian nuclear issue over the past year, which has laid a foundation for narrowing differences and expanding consensus. The Iranian nuclear issue is now in a new crucial period, but a high degree of uncertainty still exists. Relevant parties should stick to the direction of diplomatic resolution, display political wisdom and accommodate each other's concerns for an early progress of dialogue and negotiation so as to give more time and room for a comprehensive, long-term and proper resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue.
Q: What role does China play in the peace talks being held between the Myanmar government and the Kachin Independence Army in China's Yunnan province?
A: With the assistance from the Chinese side, delegations from the Myanmar government and the Kachin Independence Army hold peace talks in Ruili of Yunnan province on February 4. The two sides appreciated China's assistance of providing convenience for the talks. China is ready to continue to play a constructive role in facilitating the peace talks between the two sides.
Q: It is reported that the ROK head of delegation of the Six-Party Talks Lim Sung-nam started his visit to China on February 3 and will hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Wu Dawei on February 4. Is there any latest outcome of the bilateral talks on the Korean nuclear issue?
A: China has maintained close communication with relevant parties of the Six-Party Talks including the ROK. We will release relevant information in due course.
Q: India has expressed concern over China's plan to build dams on the Yarlung Zangbo River in the hope that China could respect the interests of downstream countries. What is China's response?
A: China has always been responsible on the development and utilization of cross-border rivers. We carry out the policy of placing equal importance on development and protection and take full account of the influence on the downstream countries. The planned dams will not affect flood control, disaster mitigation and ecological environment in the downstream areas. China and India have maintained communication and cooperation on the issue of cross-border rivers.