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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on November 8, 2011

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei started the press conference with the following announcement:

Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and Commerce Minister Chen Deming will jointly lead a delegation to the 23rd APEC Ministerial Meeting to be held in Hawaii, the US on November 11, making preparation for the following 19th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting.

Q: What is China's position on the latest report on the Iranian nuclear issue that will be released by the IAEA? Does China approve of imposing severer sanctions on Iran? It is said that countries like Israel will compel Iran to suspend its nuclear program by launching attacks. What is China's comment?

A: China has been closely following the developments of the Iranian nuclear issue. First, I want to stress that China opposes the proliferation of nuclear weapons and disapproves of the development of nuclear weapons by any Middle East country. As a member to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, Iran undertakes the international obligation of nuclear non-proliferation.

Second, China always maintains that the Iranian nuclear issue should be appropriately addressed through dialogue and cooperation. The P5+1 countries' serious and pragmatic dialogue with Iran and the IAEA's cooperation with the Iranian side is the correct approach to the comprehensive, long-term and appropriate settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue. The IAEA should be actively committed to clarifying relevant issues through cooperation with the Iranian side from an objective and just perspective. The Iranian side should also show flexibility and sincerity and conduct cooperation with the Agency earnestly.

Third, China firmly opposes the use or the threat of force in international affairs. It is imperative now to prevent any new turbulence in the security situation of the Middle East, which serves the common interests of the Middle East region and the international community.

Having a high sense of responsibility in maintaining the international non-proliferation regime as well as peace and stability in the Middle East, China will keep in touch with relevant parties and the IAEA, steadfastly press ahead with the dialogue and cooperation on the Iranian nuclear issue and play a constructive role in peacefully resolving the Iranian nuclear issue through diplomatic means. We also hope all relevant parties and the international community pull together for the same goal.

Q: How does China comment on the outcomes of the 10th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Prime Ministers' Meeting that concluded recently?

A: On November 7, Premier Wen Jiabao of the State Council attended the 10th Meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the SCO Member States. During the session, Premier Wen Jiabao had in-depth exchange of views with leaders of relevant countries on the development of the SCO and reached broad consensus. The meeting signed and issued the Joint Communiqué of Meeting of Council of Heads of Government of the SCO Member States as well as the Joint Statement of Heads of Government of the SCO Member States on the Economic Situation of the World and the SCO Region.

The success of the meeting demonstrates once again that the SCO upholds the Shanghai spirit featuring mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, consultation, respect for diverse civilizations and pursuit of common development and is dedicated to maintaining regional security and stability and pushing for the development of member states.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the inception of the SCO. China, as the rotating president, will work together with all parties to work out and implement the plan for the next decade in such areas as politics, economy, culture and people-to-people exchanges so as to make new and greater contribution to peaceful development of the region and the world at large.

Q: It is reported that a patrol of the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) was attacked by unidentified gunmen on November 7, leaving one peacekeeper dead and two injured. What is China's comment?

A: China condemns the violence against the UN peacekeeping force and expresses condolences over the death of the UN peacekeeper and sympathy to those wounded in the attack. China will continue to support the UNAMID in carrying out the mandate of Security Council Resolution 2003 and stick to the dual-track strategy with equal emphasis on peacekeeping deployment and political process in a bid to bring peace, stability and development to the Darfur region at an early date.

Q: According to Japanese media report, the Nagasaki Coast Guard Office intercepted a Chinese fishing boat and detained its captain in the Japanese territorial waters off the Goto Islands on November 6. The other 10 crew members on board are also subjected to investigation of the Japanese side. What is China's comment?

A: China has noted relevant report and is investigating and verifying relevant situation. This is an ordinary fishery case. China urges the Japanese side to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese fishermen and arrive at an early and appropriate settlement of the case.

Q: Japan said today it bought 10% of the bonds issued by the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF). Does China consider buying some of the bonds?

A: We have been emphasizing that the EU is the largest economy in the world. There will be no economic recovery and growth of the world in the absence of EU economic recovery and growth. We believe that the EU has the wisdom and the capacity to overcome current difficulties. China stands ready to promote world economic recovery and growth along with the international community.

Q: What is the reason for the postponement of China-Japan High-Level Economic Dialogue scheduled for August this year? Will Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda visit China within this year?

A: On the issue of China-Japan High-Level Economic Dialogue, China would like to set the specific date of the Dialogue through friendly consultation with the Japanese side. Please consult competent authorities for specifics.

The two sides have maintained communication on when Prime Minister Noda will visit China.

Q: It is reported that a large amount of counterfeit electronic products from China have entered US military purchasing and supply chain. What is China's comment?

A: The Chinese Government attaches great importance to and actively promotes its cooperation with competent authorities of governments around the world in combating counterfeit goods. Our efforts in this area are well-known to all.

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