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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on December 29, 2011

Q: It is reported that the head of the Arab League observer mission is satisfied with the progress of investigation in Syria. What is China's comment?

A: China welcomes the objective investigation by the Arab League observer mission in Syria and hopes all relevant parties make concerted efforts to earnestly implement the observer mission's protocol and create conditions for the proper resolution of the Syrian crisis within the framework of the Arab League.

Q: China National Space Administration held a press conference today on the White Paper China's Space Activities in 2011, briefing the press on the development of China's space industry. What is China's comment on the US side's concerns over China's outer space activities?

A: The outer space is wealth shared by all mankind. To explore, develop and utilize the outer space is humanity's unremitting pursuit. We always stress that China supports peaceful use of the outer space and opposes weaponization and arms race in the outer space. We would like to strengthen international space exchanges and cooperation on the basis of mutual benefit on an equal footing, peaceful utilization and common development in a joint effort to promote peaceful use and security of the outer space.

Q: The Iranian Government recently said that it would take revenge on the US and the EU for their sanctions by blocking the Strait of Hormuz. What is China's comment?

A: China hopes to see peace and stability in the Gulf region.

Q: The Russian Foreign Ministry released a human rights report on December 28, slamming the US and the EU on their human rights record and accusing them of legalizing torture, race discrimination, entry restriction and abuse of force in counter-terrorism and humanitarian activities. What is China's comment?

A: China has noted this report. China promotes vigorously international cooperation in the human rights field and stands for constructive dialogue and exchanges on the human rights issue based on equality and mutual respect so as to enhance mutual understanding and learn from each other. China suggests that countries listed in the report should seriously reflect on their own problems instead of applying double standards on the human rights issue.

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