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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on November 16, 2010

On the afternoon of November 16, 2010, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a regular press conference.

Hong Lei started the conference with an announcement:

At the invitation of Prime Minister Putin of the Russian Federation and Prime Minister Oqilov of the Republic of Tajikistan, Premier Wen Jiabao will pay official visits to the two countries from November 22 to 25 during which he will also hold the 15th China-Russia Regular Prime Ministers' Meeting and the 9th Meeting of Prime Ministers of Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Dushanbe.

During the visits, Premier Wen Jiabao will have in-depth exchanges of views with Russian and Tajik leaders on bilateral relations, mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields as well as international and regional issues of common interest. He will also have discussions with Prime Ministers from other SCO member states on how to materialize the consensus of the Tashkent Summit and deepen cooperation in various fields such as economy, security and culture.

At 4:00pm on Thursday, November 18, officials from the Foreign Ministry and other ministries will give a press briefing on Premier Wen Jiabao's upcoming visits. Please check the IPC website for more information.

Q: How do you comment on Aung San Suu Kyi being freed from house arrest by the Myanmar Government?

A: We hope and believe that Myanmar will continue to follow the "seven-step road map" in its effort to maintain peace and stability while moving towards national reconciliation and socio-economic development.

Q: It's reported that Mr. Fillon was reappointed as French Prime Minister in a cabinet reshuffle. Has China sent him congratulations? What is your expectation of the new French Administration? Also, could you comment on Madame Marie taking the position of French Foreign Minister?

A: China takes note of the formation of the new French Administration. Premier Wen Jiabao and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi have sent messages of congratulations to Prime Minister Fillon and Foreign Minister Alliot-Marie respectively. At present, China-France relations enjoy sound development momentum. Earlier this month, President Hu Jintao paid a successful state visit to France during which the two heads of state reached major consensus on building a new, mature and stable comprehensive strategic partnership based on mutual trust and mutual benefit and with a global perspective. China is ready to work with France to implement such consensus, maintain frequent high-level and people-to-people exchanges, deepen practical cooperation in various fields and strengthen communication and coordination in international affairs with a view to achieving greater development of China-France relations.

Q: It's reported that the US made a new proposal for Palestine-Israel peace talks which required the Israeli side to extend the settlement freeze that does not include East Jerusalem for 90 days. Do you have any comment?

A: We have taken note of relevant report. China believes that the pressing task is to properly handle the Jewish settlement issue to remove the obstacle for peace talks. We welcome every international effort that is conducive to Palestine-Israel peace talks and hope relevant parties create conditions for an early resumption of talks.

Q: It's reported that Alpha Conde was declared winner of Guinea's presidential election and became the country's first elected president. How do you comment? What is your expectation of China-Guinea relations?

A: Over the past year, Guinea has made constant progress in political reconciliation and held the second round of Presidential election smoothly. The Guinea Independent Election Commission has recently announced the preliminary result. China hopes that relevant parties in Guinea proceed from national and people's interest, cherish peace and stability and strive for a stable power transition.

China and Guinea enjoy long-time friendship and broad prospect for cooperation. China is ready to further the bilateral friendly cooperation on the basis of sincere, friendship and mutual benefit on an equal footing while continuing to play a constructive role for Guinea's peace and development.

Q: In the recently-ended China-Russia-India Foreign Ministers' Meeting, both Russia and India voiced concern over Pakistan becoming a haven for terrorist groups. What is China's attitude on this?

A: Foreign Ministers from China, Russia and India have recently concluded their 10th meeting in Wuhan City with a communiqué, to which you may refer.

Q: How do you comment on President Hu Jintao's meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan on the sidelines of the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting?

A: On the sidelines of the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, President Hu Jintao met with Prime Minister Kan at request and had a conversation with him, in which President Hu Jintao elaborated on China's principled position and proposition on improving and developing China-Japan relations. You may refer to the press release published by the Chinese side, which presents a comprehensive and precise reflection of their meeting.

Q: On November 11, the Iraqi MPs elected President and Parliamentary Speaker. How do you comment?

A: We welcome the November 11's election of President and Parliamentary Speaker by the Iraqi National Congress and extend congratulations to President Talabani on his re-election and to Mr. Nujaifi on his election as Parliamentary Speaker. It is hoped that Iraq form a new Administration at an early date and bring all parties together to achieve enduring peace and stability. China is ready to work with Iraq to further consolidate and develop the two countries' traditional friendly relations of cooperation.

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