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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ma Zhaoxu's Regular Press Conference on February 15, 2011

On the afternoon of February 15, 2011, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ma Zhaoxu held a regular press conference.

Ma Zhaoxu started with an announcement

At the invitation of President Hu Jintao, President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan will pay a state visit to China from February 21 to 23.

During the visit, President Hu Jintao will hold official talks with President Nazarbayev. Chairman Wu Bangguo and Premier Wen Jiabao will hold meetings with him respectively. The two sides will have an in-depth exchange of views on how to deepen bilateral relations and practical cooperation across the board as well as international and regional issues of common interest. The two sides will sign a series of cooperation documents. President Nazarbayev will also visit Tianjin during his stay in China. It is believed the visit will further enhance political mutual trust, deepen bilateral practical cooperation and promote China-Kazakhstan strategic partnership.

Q: The Japanese Government urges third countries not to take part in economic activities on the “four northern islands” contested by Japan and Russia. But it is reported that Chinese and Russian companies signed cooperation deals on the “four northern islands” earlier this month. Please confirm. How does the Chinese Government stand on the issue?

A: I don’t know about the information you referred to. The issue of the “four northern islands” is a bilateral one between Russia and Japan. It is believed they will proper solve it through friendly consultation.

Q: The Chinese Foreign Ministry responded to the G4’s statement on the Security Council reform last Saturday. According to some Chinese analysts, if India seeks a permanent seat on the Council independently, China will probably support its aspiration. How do you respond?

A: I don’t know which Chinese scholar you are quoting. The position of the Chinese Government is clear. We believe, on the issue of the Security Council reform, member states should seek for a package of solutions and try to reach the most broadly-based consensus through extensive and democratic consultation, accommodating the interests and concerns of all parties. China is ready to stay in contact with all parties, and make joint efforts to push forward the reform in a way conducive to safeguarding the overall interests of the UN and the unity of the member states.

Q: On February 14, the Security Council held a closed-door meeting on the border conflicts between Cambodia and Thailand and the Council President issued a press statement. How does China view the current border situation between Cambodia and Thailand?

A: Both Cambodia and Thailand are China’s friendly neighbors. We express concern over the exchange of fire and regret the casualties caused by it.

We hope Cambodia and Thailand will continue to keep calm, exercise restraint, make their utmost efforts to ease the tension and properly resolve relevant dispute through dialogue and consultation for the long-term development of bilateral relations and the overall interests of regional peace and stability.