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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on November 19, 2012

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on November 19, 2012.

Q: Currently, tensions in the Gaza Strip continue to grow. The Arab League held a foreign ministers' meeting on November 17, condemning Israel's large scale military operation against the Gaza Strip and supporting Egypt's efforts to stop the conflict. What is China's comment?

A: China expresses grave concern over the continuous large scale military operation by Israel against the Gaza Strip and condemns the abuse of force that leads to civilian casualties. China supports Arab countries' just stance on the Palestinian issue, appreciates and supports efforts of regional countries including Egypt and the Arab League to ease the current tensions. We strongly urge all relevant parties, the Israeli side in particular, to exercise maximum restraint, achieve an immediate ceasefire and avoid any action that may lead to further escalation of tension.

Q: The latest report on the Iranian nuclear issue submitted by Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on November 17 said that there was a new rise in the number of uranium enrichment centrifuges and stock of enriched uranium in Iran and the agency could not confirm that Iran's nuclear activities were for peaceful purposes. It also said that Iran carried out cleanup activities in the Parchin military complex to impede the agency's investigation and evidence collection. What is China's comment?

A: China has noted that the latest IAEA report on the Iranian nuclear issue failed to confirm that all nuclear materials in Iran are used for peaceful activities, while at the same time it confirmed non-diversion of Iran's declared nuclear facilities and nuclear materials. China always maintains that dialogue and cooperation is the only right way to properly resolve the Iranian nuclear issue. What is pressing now is to uphold and promote the dialogue process between P5 plus one countries and Iran, strengthen Iran's cooperation with the IAEA so that progress can be made soon for comprehensive, long-term and appropriate settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue in a step-by-step manner. We hope all relevant parties will make constructive efforts to this end.

Q: US President Barack Obama is visiting Myanmar. Does China welcome the improvement of US-Myanmar relations or consider it as a threat to China's interests in Myanmar?

A: This is something between the United States and Myanmar. We hope the visit could be conducive to peace, stability and development in East Asia.

China and Myanmar are friendly neighbors. For years, the two sides have been developing friendly cooperation and promoting their comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence and in the spirit of equality and mutual benefit, which has not only benefited the two peoples, but also made positive contribution to regional peace, stability and development. We have full confidence in developing and deepening China-Myanmar relations.

Q: The current Sino-Japanese relations are showing no sign of improvement. Will this affect the China-Japan-ROK FTA negotiation process?

A: The fifth China-Japan-ROK Leaders' Meeting held in May reached the consensus to launch the China-Japan-ROK FTA negotiation within the year. Currently, the three parties are making preparations for the launch of negotiations.

Q: US President Barack Obama selected the Asia-Pacific region as the destination of his first visit after the re-election. US officials recently said that the strategic "rebalance" to the Asia-Pacific region would be an important part of Obama's second-term foreign policy. It is a practical, long-term and sustainable strategy including military, diplomacy, economy, culture, etc., among which the economic factor will take a more important position in the US foreign policy. What is China's view?

A: China pursues an open, inclusive and win-win Asia-Pacific, and hopes the US could play a constructive role in the Asia-Pacific affairs. China has noted the US' expression of giving more focus on economic cooperation in its strategic "rebalance" to the Asia-Pacific region. China would like to see the adjustment of the US' Asia-Pacific strategy develop in such a way that is more in line with the trend of the times featuring peace, development and cooperation and the common aspiration of countries in the region. China is ready to work with the US and other countries in the region to jointly promote peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific.

Q: Chinese maritime surveillance ships and fishery administration ships recently kept entering waters off the Diaoyu Islands. How long will this last?

A: The Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands are China's inherent territory. It is a normal performance of duty for Chinese public-service ships to patrol and carry out law enforcement in China's territorial waters.

Q: China always said it administers the Internet in accordance with law. Do you have anything new to add?

A: China's laws and regulations are consistent. China administers the Internet in accordance with law, which is also the common practice of all countries.

Q: According to the Chinese state media, China will adopt a more active foreign policy following the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Would you please elaborate on the changes?

A: The 18th National Congress of the CPC is a congress of unity that carries forward our cause. It exerts an important and profound influence on the CPC's efforts to rally and lead people of all ethnic groups of the country to continue building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, accelerating socialist modernization and creating a new momentum in building socialism with Chinese characteristics.

Rich in content and profound in ideas, the part regarding China's diplomacy in the report of the Congress further enriches and develops the diplomatic theories of socialism with Chinese characteristics and serves as an important part of the system of theories of socialism with Chinese characteristics, lighting the way for us to do a better job in the diplomatic work under the new situation. The report stresses that China will continue to hold high the banner of peace, development, cooperation and mutual benefit, firmly pursue an independent foreign policy of peace, unswervingly follow the path of peaceful development and a win-win strategy of opening up, be firm in our resolve to uphold China's sovereignty, security and development interests, be committed to growing friendship and cooperation in all fields with other countries on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, call for promoting equality, mutual trust, inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutually beneficial cooperation in international relations and promote building a harmonious world of enduring peace and common prosperity. It is believed that under the guidance of the spirit of the Congress, China's diplomacy will play a greater role in safeguarding its own interests and boosting the common interests of mankind and make greater contribution to promoting the noble cause of peace and development for mankind.

Q: Is there arrangement of meeting between the Chinese and Japanese leaders during the East Asian Leaders' meetings? What is your comment on the prospect of Sino-Japanese relations?

A: As far as I know, there is no arrangement of Sino-Japanese bilateral meeting during the East Asian Leaders' meetings.

On your second question, as is known to all, Japan's illegal "purchase" of the Diaoyu Islands has led Sino-Japanese relations to the current difficult situation. Japan should bear full responsibility. China hopes the Japanese side will seriously reflect on and correct its mistakes, show sincerity and make concrete efforts to properly settle the current problems and push bilateral relations back to the normal track of development.

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