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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Liu Weimin's Regular Press Conference on April 19, 2012


On April 19, 2012, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Liu Weimin held a press conference.

Q: What's China's position on increasing resources of the International Monetary Fund?

A: On the issue of increasing IMF resources, it is China's consistent position that all parties will implement the IMF quota reform program reached in 2010. Together with other IMF members, China will take an open attitude toward taking part in discussions of various constructive proposals aimed to bolster IMF resources.

Q: The conflict between South Sudan and Sudan has been on the rise recently and Sudanese President Bashir said that their main goal is to liberate South Sudan's citizens from People's Liberation Movement (SPLM). How does China comment?

A: Seriously concerned with the escalation of conflict between South Sudan and Sudan, China calls upon the two countries again to end the conflict immediately, respect each other's sovereignty, and exercise maximum calmness and restraint. Both sides should enhance mutual trust, actively cooperate with the mediation efforts of the international community, and resume negotiations and dialogue to promote an early easing of tension. China has worked hard to ameliorate the problems between the two Sudans, and we will continue to work with the international community in mediation efforts.

Q: Invoking the EEZ Law of the ROK, the local court of Incheon sentenced captain Cheng of the Chinese fishing boat "Lu Wen Yu" to 30 years in prison as well as fines for stabbing an ROK coastguard officer to death. How do you comment?

A: China has taken note of the verdict. China and the ROK have not demarcated the limits of their exclusive economic zones in the Yellow Sea, thus China does not accept the ROK's unilateral application of its law on exclusive economic zones to make such a verdict over Chinese fishermen.

After the incident, China has stayed in close communication with the ROK, urging the latter to handle this case in a rational, equitable and proper manner. China will follow closely the developments of the case and provide necessary assistance to the Chinese citizens involved to safeguard their legitimate rights and interests.

Q: It is reported that China suspended repatriation of DPRK "defectors" in light of the DPRK's recent satellite launch. Could you confirm and brief us on China's latest policy on those "defectors"?

A: China always handles such issues according to its domestic laws, international law and humanitarian principles.

Q: The ballistic missile carrier vehicles appeared on the recent DPRK military parade are said to come from China. How do you comment?

A: China always firmly opposes proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery vehicles. We have strictly abided by relevant UN Security Council resolutions and enforced our laws and regulations on non-proliferation export control in earnest, and we have a complete and stringent control system in this regard.

Q: Will the escalation of conflicts between the two Sudans affect South Sudan President Kiir's plan to visit China? Separately, the Argentine government announced that it would nationalize its largest oil enterprise YPF while Sinopec had been discussing with YPF over an acquisition. What's China's comment on the decision of the Argentine government?

A: On your first question, I have not heard of any change of President Kiir's visit to China.

On the second one, please refer to relevant enterprises.

Q: Syrian Foreign Minister said yesterday the the ceasefire monitoring mission sent by the UN to Syria is big enough and called upon BRICS countries including China to dispatch monitors to join the mission. What's China's attitude toward the scale of the mission? Will China send someone to join the mission?

A: As to the scale of the mission, it is up to the advance team of the UN monitoring mission which is in Syria to make an assessment as well as the UN Secretariat to raise suggestions to the Security Council. China will stay in communication and coordination with other Council members.

On your second question, we are seriously considering the issue of sending monitors to the UN mission.

Q: India successfully test-fired an Agni-V missile today. What's your comment? Are you concerned that this will threaten China's security and affect peace and stability in Asia?

A: We have noted such reports.

As major developing countries and emerging economies, China and India are cooperative partners rather than competitive rivals. The two sides should cherish the hard-won sound relations, joint hands to adhere to China-India friendship, deepen strategic cooperation and promote common development, in a bid to contribute to peace and stability of the region and the world as a whole.

Q: The 13th Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate at the level of leaders' representatives was held in Italy on April 17. How does China think of the Forum? What's your opinion on the current progress of international negotiations over climate change?

A: At the 13th Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate at the level of leaders' representatives held on April 17, parties held discussions over the results of the Durban Conference, expectations for the Doha Conference, progress of the Durban platform, equality and funding, among other topics. Vice Chairman Xie Zhenhua of the National Development and Reform Commission led Chinese delegation to the meeting and exchanged in-depth views with others over issues of common interests in regard to climate change. As a useful complement to the major channels of negotiation on climate change, this meeting has played a positive role in promoting mutual understanding among the participants and reaching common ground in combating climate change.

China always holds that climate change requires international cooperation. In spite of the positive achievements made at the Durban Conference, the "Bali Roadmap" negotiations are yet to be completed and the Cancun Accord and the outcomes of the Durban Conference are yet to be implemented. China hopes that developed countries show political sincerity in earnest, pledge deeper emission cuts, deliver on their commitments of funding and technology transfer, and work with developing countries to complete negotiations on the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol at the Doha Conference next year in a bid to further fulfill the outcomes of the Cancun and Durban conferences.

Q: It is reported that the Japanese government arrested two Chinese sailors, accusing them of mis-operation that led to collision with a Japanese boat and left one Japanese fisherman dead and another missing. Please confirm. Will China take some corresponding measures?

A: We are checking relevant information.

Q: Reports said China dispatched a fishery administration vessel to the South China Sea. How does China comment on that in light of the recent incident off the Huangyan Island between China and the Philippines?

A: China has made clear its principled position on the South China Sea issue and the Huangyan Island incident on many occasions. I would like to reiterate that China has indisputable sovereignty over the islands in the South China Sea and their adjacent waters. We learned that the Chinese fishery administration vessel going to the South China Sea is to perform routine patrol and law-enforcement activities.

Q: Will the joint exercises of Chinese and Russian navies affect peace and stability of the region? Is the move aimed to respond to India's missile test?

A: The Ministry of Defense has released information on the joint exercises of Chinese and Russian navies. The exercises have been agreed upon by both sides for a long time, with an aim to deepen China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination and safeguard peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific and the world. It has nothing to do with India's missile test.

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