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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on November 23, 2010

On the afternoon of November 23, 2010, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a regular press conference.

Hong Lei started the conference with an announcement:

Special Representatives of China and India on boundary issue will hold their 14th meeting in Beijing from November 29 to 30. Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo and Indian National Security Advisor Menon will attend the meeting.

Q: It's reported that the DPRK fired artillery on Yeonpyeong Island of the ROK, and the latter fired back. How do you comment?

A: We have taken note of relevant report and express concern over the situation. The specifics need to be verified. It is hoped that parties involved keep calm and exercise restraint to be jointly committed to peace and stability on the Peninsula.

Q: The DPRK revealed its uranium enrichment facilities to a visiting US scientist. Could you comment?

A: We have taken note of relevant report. It is China's consistent and firm position to realize denuclearization of the Peninsula through dialogue and consultation. What is imperative now is to restart the Six-Party Talks as soon as possible. We hope that parties concerned make joint efforts to create conditions for the resumption of the Talks so as to bring the DPRK nuclear issue back to the track of dialogue and consultation, addressing each party's concerns properly within the framework of the Six-Party Talks and materializing goals set in September 19 Joint Statement comprehensively.

Q: I wonder whether the countermeasures that China took against Japan after the Diaoyu Island "collision incident" remain in effect? When will China resume exchanges at or above the ministerial level?

A: During their recent meeting and contact, Chinese and Japanese leaders reached major consensus on promoting improvement and development of China-Japan relations. We hope the two sides meet each other halfway and strengthen exchanges and cooperation in various fields in the spirit of the leaders' consensus so as to achieve sustained, healthy and stable development of bilateral relations.

Q: China keeps saying that parties concerned including the DPRK could do more to contribute to peace and stability on the Peninsula. Then how do you comment on the DPRK opening fire at the ROK and unveiling its uranium enrichment facilities?

A: China remains steadfast in promoting denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and safeguarding peace and stability on the Peninsula and in Northeast Asia. It is in the common interest of all parties to promote the Six-Party Talks and materialize all the goals set in the September 19 Joint Statement in a comprehensive manner.

Q: Did China make any contact with the DPRK and the ROK respectively after the US expert was shown the DPRK's uranium enrichment facilities?

A: China will stay in close communication with all parties on the latest development of the DPRK nuclear issue.

Q: It's reported that US Special Representative for the DPRK Policy Bosworth is visiting China today. What are the topics for discussion?

A: US Special Representative for the DPRK Policy Bosworth will visit China from November 23 to 24. Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai and Special Representative Wu Dawei of the Chinese Government on the Korean Peninsular Affairs will meet with him respectively.

Q: Japan has recently announced plans to send more troops to Yonaguni Island. How will that affect China-Japan relations?

A: We have taken note of relevant report. Pursuing peaceful development and a national defense policy which is defensive in nature, China poses no threat to any other countries. It is hoped that the Japanese side do more to contribute to China-Japan political and security mutual trust.

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