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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on May 23, 2012

On May 23, 2012, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference.

Q: It is reported that the US planned to step up sanctions on companies having trade ties with Iranian oil companies. Will this affect China's oil import from Iran?

A: China has made clear its position many times. I want to reiterate here that China and Iran have open and transparent business cooperation in the economic, trade and energy fields. Relevant cooperation is completely legitimate and justified without violating any UN Security Council resolutions or harming the interests of a third party. China is always against one country's putting its domestic law above international law or imposing unilateral sanctions on a certain country. Even less will it accept such unilateral sanctions to be imposed on a third country.

Q: US Special Representative for North Korea Policy Davies yesterday had meetings and talks with Chinese Foreign Ministry officials. Please update us on the specifics.

A: On May 22, Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying and Special Representative Wu Dawei of the Chinese Government on the Korean Peninsular Affairs met and had talks with US Special Representative Davies for North Korea Policy respectively. The two sides exchanged views on the situation of the Korean Peninsula and the Six-Party Talks.

Both sides agreed that maintaining peace and stability of the Peninsula serves the common interests of all parties and is also their common responsibility. Both sides should make constructive efforts for peace and stability of the Peninsula. China does not approve of any party's action that might complicate the situation on the Peninsula. We are ready to work with other parties concerned to actively create conditions for the early resumption of the Six-Party Talks. The two sides agreed to continue their communication on relevant issues.

Q: It is reported by the Philippine media that recently nearly one hundred Chinese ships had arrived at waters off the Huangyan Island, ratcheting up tensions there. How does China comment?

A: China took stronger administrative measures in light of the Philippines' recent provocative moves in waters off the Huangyan Island. As far as we know, there are now about 20 fishing boats operating in that sea area, the number of which is similar to that of the same period in previous years. The fishing boats' method of operation is in line with relevant Chinese laws as well as the fishing moratorium of China.

Q: It is reported that Director General of the IAEA Yukiya Amano recently said that the agency would reach an agreement with Iran on the framework settlement of the outstanding issues of the Iranian nuclear program. How does China comment?

A: China has noticed relevant press reports. We welcome the IAEA and Iran's proactive efforts on dialogue and cooperation, encourage them to step up dialogue and cooperation and clarify outstanding issues of the Iranian nuclear program as soon as possible.

Q: The first round of voting of the Egyptian presidential election will be held today. How does China comment?

A: China has noticed that the first round of voting of the Egyptian presidential election will be officially launched today. This is another major event in the Egyptian political process after the elections of the people's assembly and consultative conference in the beginning of this year. China hopes to see a smooth presidential election, steady progress in the political process as well as stability and development of Egypt.

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