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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on November 11, 2010

On the afternoon of November 11, 2010, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a regular press conference.

Hong Lei started the conference with the following announcements:

Premier Wen Jiabao will attend the opening ceremony of the 16th Guangzhou Asian Games on November 12.

At the invitation of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of the Republic of Singapore, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe of the Republic of South Africa, Vice President Fernando dos Santos of the Republic of Angola and Vice President Mompati Merafhe of the Republic of Botswana, Vice President Xi Jinping will pay official visits to the above four countries from November 14 to 24.

During his visits, Vice President Xi Jinping will meet with leaders of the four countries to exchange views on bilateral relations as well as regional and international hot-spot issues. During his stay in Singapore, Vice President Xi Jinping will attend and address a reception for the 20th anniversary of the establishment of China-Singapore diplomatic relations. He will also be present at an unveiling ceremony of Deng Xiaoping monument and a ground-breaking ceremony for the Chinese Culture Center. During his stay in South Africa, Vice President Xi Jinping will preside over the fourth plenum of China-South Africa bilateral committee together with Vice President Motlanthe, attend and address the opening ceremony of an academic seminar on the 10th anniversary of the establishment of China-Africa Cooperation Forum to expound on China's Africa policy.

We believe that through joint efforts, these visits will further promote China's friendly cooperation with the above four countries as well as China-ASEAN relations and China-Africa relations.

At the invitation of Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa, Mr. Sang Guowei, Special Envoy of President Hu Jintao and Vice Chairman of the NPC Standing Committee will pay a visit to Sri Lanka from November 17 to 20 to attend President Rajapaksa's inauguration for the second term and the launching ceremony of Hambantota Port.

Q: A Japan Coast Guard member has reportedly admitted guilty of the "collision incident" video leakage. How do you comment?

A: We have taken note of relevant report. China does not wish to see further disturbance to China-Japan relations by the so-called video issue.

Q: It's reported that after his recent talks with US Defense Secretary, Malaysian Defense Minister Hamidi said that his country never felt bullied by China but preferred to engage with China. Could you comment?

A: Good neighborly mutual trust, harmonious co-existence, mutually beneficial cooperation and common development is the common aspiration and interest of China and its Asian neighbors as well as the main theme in their relations. Setting great store by its traditional friendship with neighboring countries, China pursues a foreign policy of building a good-neighborly relationship and partnership with its neighbors and commits itself to working with surrounding countries for a regional environment of peace, stability, equality, mutual trust, cooperation and win-win results. China is ready to join other Asian countries including Malaysia to bring more peace, stability, development and prosperity in Asia.

Q: Can you confirm the date and topics for discussion between Chinese and Japanese leaders on the sidelines of the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting?

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

Q: In his speech to Indonesians yesterday, US President Obama said prosperity without freedom was just another form of poverty. Do you think his remarks were alluding to China? How do you respond?

A: We hope relevant country respect other countries' choice of development paths suitable to their national conditions.

Q: Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said that it was up to China to decide whether Chinese and Japanese leaders would meet on the sidelines of the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting. He also expressed hope that China show a clearer stance through the two meetings (G-20 and APEC) that it would fulfill its responsibility to abide by shared international rules. How do you comment?

A: On China-Japan relations, we have repeated China's stance on many occasions.

On your second question, facts have and will continue to prove that China is a responsible member of the international community. China will unswervingly follow the path of peaceful development, pursue a mutually beneficial and win-win strategy of opening up and continue to develop friendly cooperation with other countries in the world to build a harmonious world of enduring peace and common prosperity.

Q: Both President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Kan will attend the G20 Summit in Seoul. Is there any chance they will have a meeting with each other?

A: I don't have new information in this regard.

Q: Can you brief us on how many foreign heads of state and government will attend the opening ceremony of the Guangzhou Asian Games? Are there any bilateral meeting arrangements?

A: Among the foreign dignitaries attending the opening ceremony of the Guangzhou Asian Games are Sheikh Ahmad Fahad, President of the Olympic Council of Asia, President Rogge of the International Olympic Committee, President Zardari of Pakistan and Prime Minister Abhisit of Thailand. Arrangement for relevant meetings is under way.

Q: What is your view on US President Obama's recent trip to Asia? Do you think the US strengthening relations with Asian allies will affect China's relations with its neighbors?

A: The US being a major country in the Asia-Pacific region, we hope its role in the region contribute to regional peace, stability and development.

On China's relations with Asian neighbors, I have already expounded on China's position. We hold that the main theme of China's current relationship with Asian countries features good-neighborly mutual trust, harmonious co-existence, mutually beneficial cooperation and common development.

Q: What is China's position on joining the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (TPP)?

A: China is open towards and welcomes any cooperation initiative conducive to economic integration and common prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region including the TPP. We hold that under current circumstances, various channels should be explored at the same time to push forward the economic integration of the Asia-Pacific region in a gradual manner on the basis of fully considering differences in and diversity of regional economic development.

Q: A cargo ship with Chinese crew members went missing in the waters near Okinawa, Japan. Please update us on the search and rescue efforts.

A: Taking the incident seriously, the Chinese Government is coordinating with relevant countries in active search and rescue efforts. At present the search and rescue operation is still ongoing.

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