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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on November 9, 2010

On the afternoon of November 9, 2010, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a regular press conference.

Hong Lei started the conference with an announcement:

At the invitation of President Hu Jintao, President Sebastian Pinera Echenique of the Republic of Chile will pay a state visit to China from November 15 to 17.

China highly values President Pinera's visit on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of China-Chile diplomatic relations. During the visit, President Hu Jintao will hold talks with him, Chairman Wu Bangguo and Premier Wen Jiabao will meet with him respectively. The two sides will have an in-depth exchange of views on deepening comprehensive partnership of cooperation, expanding practical cooperation in various fields as well as regional and international issues of common interest. We believe this visit will further advance the development of China-Chile comprehensive partnership of cooperation. We wish the visit a complete success.

Q: Election in Myanmar ended as polling stations closed on November 7. Do you have any comment?

A: On November 7, Myanmar held a general election as scheduled in a steady and smooth manner. This is a critical step for Myanmar to implement the "seven-step road map" in its transition to an elected government, and thus is welcomed and affirmed.

Q: The US Federal Reserve has recently announced a second round of "quantitative easing" policy. Some people claim that the US is attempting to cause a potentially destabilizing flow of money into emerging economies by pumping billions into the economy. Will China make representations to the US side? Secondly, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku said on Friday that Japan would make explanations to China on the "collision incident" video leakage once the truth came out. Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan also made a public apology yesterday afternoon. Will the leakage affect a meeting between Chinese and Japanese leaders on the sidelines of the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting?

A: On your first question, Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai and Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao have already expounded on China's attitude towards the US "quantitative easing" Policy. I don't have anything new to add.

China has made itself clear on the circulation of the "collision incident" video on the internet. I'd like to point out, China values its relations with Japan and follows the general direction of developing China-Japan strategic relations of mutual benefit, which is in the fundamental interest of both countries and peoples. The two sides should exert joint efforts to meet each other halfway with a view to improving bilateral relations and people-to-people friendliness.

Q: IMF President Kahn reportedly said that China would become the third largest shareholder of the organization. Can I get your comment on that?

A: The IMF Executive Board reached an agreement on November 6 on a package of quota and governance reforms, according to which emerging markets and developing countries will be granted with more quotas. We regard this as positive progress and hope the IMF will soon complete relevant procedures to implement the package so as to achieve the goal of completing general review of quotas by January, 2011 and quota reform by 2012 annual meeting of the IMF and World Bank.

Q: President Obama said during his visit to India that the US would support India's bid for a permanent seat at the UN Security Council. China, as one of the five permanent members of UNSC, also expressed understanding of India's aspiration. But how exactly will China offer its support?

A: China supports reasonable and necessary reform of the Security Council. We maintain that priority should be given to increasing developing countries' representativeness at the Security Council so that they can play a bigger role there. We expect parties concerned continue democratic and patient consultation in an attempt to reach "a package of" consensus on reform-related issues, thus making intergovernmental negotiation on the Security Council reform a process of narrowing differences, safeguarding unity and achieving win-win results.

Attaching importance to India's status in international affairs, China understands and supports India's aspiration to play a bigger role at the UN and will stay in contact and consultation with other UN member states including India on the UN and Security Council reform.

Q: The 16th Asian Games are soon to be held in Guangzhou City. How many heads of state and government will be present at the opening ceremony?

A: The Guangzhou Asian Games is another international sports event hosted by China after the 1990 Beijing Asian Games and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Attaching great importance to this event, China will spare no efforts in making good preparation to present a harmonious, green and civilized Asian Games.

The Guangzhou Asian Games have received strong support from Asian governments and peoples. So far, several foreign heads of state and government have expressed the wish to attend the opening ceremony. Over 10,000 athletes from 45 countries and regions will take part, which is the largest scale in history. We believe the Guangzhou Asian Games will definitely become an exciting and harmonious event that promotes cultural exchanges and brings peoples in Asia closer.

Q: US President Obama said during his visit to India that the US supports India joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and relevant international organizations. How do you comment on his remarks and his visit to India?

A: China holds that under the precondition of abiding by international non-proliferation obligations, all countries have the right to peaceful utilization of nuclear energy and international cooperation in this regard. Meanwhile, relevant cooperation should be in favor of the integrity and effectiveness of the international non-proliferation regime.

We hope cooperation between relevant countries can be conducive to regional peace, stability and development.

Q: Iran says its consultation with six nations on the resumption of negotiations is going well. How do you comment?

A: China always holds that the Iranian nuclear issue should be solved properly through dialogue and negotiations. We hope relevant parties step up diplomatic efforts to agree upon issues such as specific time and venue without delay so as to resume dialogue at an early date, with a view to achieving positive results and bringing the Iranian nuclear issue back to the track of settlement through negotiations.

Q: Does President Hu Jintao plan to have a formal or informal meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan on the sidelines of the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting?

A: I don't have any new information to share.

Q: Australia and the US expressed the readiness to strengthen military cooperation between them in ministerial talks held this week, while referring to China's role in the region. How do you comment?

A: As an important part of the development process of the human society, China's development presents opportunities for both the US and Australia. Sticking unswervingly to the path of peaceful development as well as an open and win-win strategy of mutual benefit, China continues to conduct friendly cooperation with all other countries in the world in a joint effort to build a harmonious world of lasting peace and common prosperity. This is a strategic choice made by the Chinese Government and people.

Both the US and Australia are major countries in the Asia-Pacific region. We hope bilateral cooperation between relevant countries should be conducive to peace, stability and development of the Asia-Pacific and the world.

Q: Foreign Ministers from China, Russia, and India will hold a meeting in Wuhan next week. What will they discuss?

A: The 10th Foreign Ministers' Meeting of China, Russia and India will be held in Wuhan, Hubei Province from November 14 to 15. During the meeting, the foreign ministers will have an in-depth exchange of views on international and regional issues of common interest, with a view to promoting trilateral pragmatic cooperation. China believes the meeting will further enhance political mutual trust among the three parties and improve exchanges and cooperation in all areas.

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