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Chinese Foreign Minister Meets the Press on the Sidelines of NPC Session

1.     China will continue to invest in Europe for mutual benefits

BEIJING, March 6 (Xinhua) -- China has long been confident about the euro and Europe and will continue to invest in Europe for mutual benefits and win-win results, said Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Tuesday.

"The euro zone has encountered quite a lot of difficulties, but we believe Europe and the euro zone have both the capability and wisdom to overcome the temporary difficulties, tackle the debt problems and achieve new development", he said at a press conference of China's ongoing legislative meeting.

"We have been supporting the stability of euro and the European finance in our own ways. We are willing to continue invest in Europe for mutual benefits and win-win results," said he.

"Significant achievements have been made from the recent meeting between Chinese and European leaders", said Yang, "The China-Europe relationship has a very broad prospect."

2.     China to uphold peace, facilitate cooperation, boost development

BEIJING, March 6 (Xinhua) -- The priorities of China's diplomacy this year are to uphold peace and tackle thorny regional and international issues through dialogues, consultation and negotiation responsibly, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said Tuesday.

China would further consolidate the friendly cooperation with other countries, and regional and international organizations to expand common interests and jointly tackle global challenges, so as to maintain world peace and boost development, Yang told reporters at a press conference during the nation's annual parliamentary session.

China's diplomatic work aims to create a more favorable external environment this year by properly tackling external risks and challenges to serve the country's primary goal of transforming economic development mode in a fast pace.

"China will continue to conduct diplomacy from all dimensions and in a wide range and make further innovations in theories and practices so as to make positive contributions to the opening of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China and the full implementation of the 12th Five-Year Plan," the foreign minister said.

He also noted that the world has undergone profound and complex changes.

"The trend of peace and development is gathering momentum while the world is closely interdependent, but the impacts of international financial crisis are still with us. The global economy is recovering slowly. The challenges from climate change, energy and food security remain prominent. All these issues will leave major impacts to the global situations and China's diplomacy in the time to come," he said.

In a lengthy review of China's diplomacy over the past decade, Yang said China has actively participated in global governance, facilitated the international system to develop in a direction favorable to the developing countries, and devoted itself to expanding the representation and influence of China and the developing countries at large in international affairs.

"Over the past decade, China has become an active participant making constructive contributions in dealing with regional and international challenges, especially the hot-spot issues, and an import engine to drive global economic growth," Yang said.

    3. Middle East problems should be solved by local people themselves

BEIJING, March 6 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Tuesday said the problems in Middle East should be solved by the local people themselves, and the future and destiny of Middle East should be in the hands of its people, too.

"Some great changes are taking place in regards to the circumstances in Middle East, and the people in the region are most familiar with the current situation," Yang said when asked about the situation in Syria.

China has long been supporting the undertaking of justice by Arabian countries and their people, and mutual friendship has since been established, he said.

"China and Arabian countries have no historical grievance. Instead, we have more and more common interests and consensus on jointly maintaining peace and promoting development," the foreign minister said.

Yang added China and Arabian countries share the same objective in safeguarding the stability, development and prosperity of the Middle East regions, though they may differ in terms of some specific actions.

"Cooperation between China and Arabian countries is comprehensive and strategic, and the friendship between the two sides can stand the test of changing international circumstances," the minister said.

Yang said his ministry has recently proposed a six-point statement for the political resolution of Syria's problems.

China's proposals and proposition have gained more and more understanding and support from the international society, he said.

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