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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on May 22, 2012

On May 22, 2012, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference.

Q: According to the Philippine media, Philippine Foreign Secretary claimed that some countries had been helping the country to build a minimum credible defense posture, including the provision of patrol ships and warplanes, which complements its diplomatic capacity in dealing with its territorial disputes with China. Media comments believe that this shows that the Philippines is seeking the intervention of a third party, even a military intervention into the current Huangyan Island issue. How does China comment?

A: The Huangyan Island is China's inherent territory. China has been actively urging the Philippines to correct its erroneous move and engaging in diplomatic consultations to ease tensions for the benefit of the sound development of bilateral relations. The Philippines' attempt to draw any third party for disruption of or intervention into this issue in any form will surely escalate the situation, or even change the nature of this issue. China is firmly against that.

Q: The Chinese fishing boats and fishermen detained by the DPRK have just been released. Please update us on the specifics of the case.

A: The Foreign Ministry attaches great importance to this case. In the wake of the incident, China and the DPRK have stayed in close communication both in Beijing and Pyongyang and ultimately brought about the release and return of the Chinese fishing boats and fishermen. During this time, the Foreign Ministry and the Chinese Embassy in the DPRK urged the DPRK side to properly handle issues such as consular visits and information briefing in accordance with relevant bilateral agreement so as to ensure the safety, legitimate rights and interests as well as humanitarian treatment of the detained fishermen.

As far as we know, Chinese fishery authorities have been investigating the case. Please refer to them for the specifics.

Q: Capital of Yemen was recently hit by a suicide bomb attack, inflicting heavy casualties. How does China comment? How do you view the current Yemeni situation?

A: China is opposed to all forms of terrorism and condemns the recent suicide bomb attack in Yemeni capital Sanaa. Currently, Yemen is at a critical juncture of political transition and economic reconstruction. We hope relevant parties in Yemen will make joint efforts to realize early national stability and development.

Q: US head of delegation to the Six-Party Talks Davies is on a visit to China and will hold talks with Chinese officials. What does China expect of his visit? How does China look at the current Korean Peninsular situation?

A: Maintaining peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia serves the common interests of all parties concerned and is also their common responsibility. Under the current circumstances, we hope all parties concerned will bear in mind the larger interests, enhance communication and coordination, and create conditions for the relaxation of the situation. China believes that the February 29 consensus between the US and the DPRK should be maintained and implemented, and all parties concerned should properly handle outstanding issues through engagement and dialogue. China is ready to stay in close communication and coordination with other parties concerned to actively push forward the Six-Party Talks and make unremitting efforts for the lasting peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia.

Q: The US Senate Armed Services Committee recently issued a report that large amount of counterfeit electronic parts from China were being used on US military equipments. How does China respond?

A: China is taken by surprise at the report. It is the US who should investigate from whom on earth it purchased these components and what exactly was the contract.

Q: The Indian Embassy in China again issued an alert, reminding Indian businessmen doing business in Yiwu to be more vigilant. How does China respond?

A: China has always protected legitimate rights and interests of foreigners in China, including those of Indian nationals, according to law. Relevant statement of the Indian side is not only unhelpful but also harmful to the normal business ties between China and India.

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