|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Liu Weimin's Regular Press Conference on April 20, 2012|
On April 20, 2012, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Liu Weimin held a press conference.
Q: It is reported that China will stop repatriating "defectors" to the DPRK. Please confirm. Separately, will the escalation of tension between Sudan and South Sudan affect President of South Sudan Kiir's plan to visit China next week?
A: I replied to your first question yesterday. Please refer to the record on our website. China has been handling such issues in accordance with its domestic laws, international law and humanitarian principles.
I also released relevant information on your second question. China expresses grave concerns over the escalation of tension between Sudan and South Sudan and hopes that the two countries will resolve their dispute and conflict through negotiation and consultation, and take actions to ease tensions immediately with the interests of themselves and regional stability in mind. As far as I know, President Kiir will visit China as scheduled. We will also use this visit to continue to play a constructive role on the issue of Sudan and South Sudan.
Q: The United Nations will send an advance team of monitors to Syria based on relevant Security Council resolution. Will China send people to join the advance team and the monitoring mission?
A: China supports the UN in sending a monitoring mission and its advance team to Syria. Willing to send people to join both teams, we are in consultation with the UN Secretariat over specific arrangements. China supports any efforts conducive to the realization of sustainable cessation of violence and the launch of political dialogue among all parties in Syria. We hope Syria can restore national stability and normal order as soon as possible. China will continue to play a constructive role for the fair, peaceful and proper resolution of the Syrian issue.
Q: It is reported that Spokesperson of Special Envoy Annan said on April 19 that the advance team of UN monitors and the Syrian government have agreed on the function of the UN monitoring mission, the tasks and responsibilities of the Syrian government and etc. Annan is also having similar consultation with the Syrian opposition. How does China comment?
A: China is happy to see progress made between Special Envoy Annan and the Syrian government over the UN monitoring mission. We hope relevant parties in Syria will actively cooperate with Annan's mediation.
China has been taking part in relevant Security Council consultations in an active and constructive manner. We support an early dispatch of UN monitors to Syria, and hope the Security Council will reach consensus on this as soon as possible, earnestly support Annan's mediation and jointly push for the fair, peaceful and proper resolution of the Syrian government.
Q: The US Defence Secretary Panetta recently indicated that the ballistic missile launcher appeared at the DPRK's military parade might have come from China. How does China comment?
A: I replied to such a question yesterday. China is firmly against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery vehicle. China has also been strictly abiding by relevant Security Council resolutions and earnestly enforcing its laws and regulations of non-proliferation export control.
Q: It is reported that the US Pacific Commander Locklear said in the ROK on April 17 that if the DPRK tried to carry out a third nuclear test, he did not rule out the possibility of precision strikes against the country's nuclear test base. How does China comment?
A: China has noticed relevant reports and is concerned. China is committed to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and such a position remains unchanged. The current situation on the Peninsula is sensitive and complex. Relevant parties should act and speak prudently, do not do things that will escalate tension and concretely maintain peace and stability of the Peninsula and Northeast Asia. Facts show that only dialogue and negotiation is the right way out for resolving the issue.
Q: It is reported that the US Department of State and Department of Defence jointly released a report on April 18, calling on the Congress to relax export control over satellite and related equipments. But China is not included in the relaxation of control. The report also claimed that China's space achievements have been made in part thanks to "successful spying". How does China comment?
A: China deeply regrets the relevant report from the US administration, and is firmly against the groundless accusation made against China. The report mistakenly insisted on the two-decade-old satellite export restrictions against China, which was against the consensus reached between the two heads of state on enhancing space cooperation.
The achievements made in China's space programs should be attributed to the hard pioneering work, innovation and diligence of the Chinese people.
Any restriction, imputation or defamation against China's space exploration will end in vain.
Committed to peaceful development. China will continue to constantly improve its capabilities in the peaceful use of outer space and carry out space cooperation with other countries on the basis of equality and mutual benefit.
Q: Has China provided weapons to the Sudanese government in recent years? Will China evacuate Chinese citizens in this region in light of the tension in the border areas between Sudan and South Sudan.
A: China has maintained normal exchanges and cooperation with Sudan. At the same time, China has been strictly abiding by relevant Security Council resolutions.
China highly values the safety of Chinese nationals and institutions in Sudan and South Sudan, and has required the two countries to concretely enhance security measures. At the same time, we remind Chinese nationals and institutions in this region to enhance their safety awareness, take greater precautions to ensure their own safety. As far as I know, Chinese nationals in regions of tension have been properly settled.
Q: How many people and what people will China send to join the UN monitoring mission to Syria?
A: China is in consultation with the UN Secretariat on the specific arrangement.
Q: It is reported that Philippine Defense Secretary recently told the Philippine public that the country was bullied by China during the standoff with China over the Huangyan Island incident. How does China comment?
A: China has pointed out many times that the cause of the incident is the Philippines' infringement of China's sovereignty and harassment of Chinese fishing boats and fishermen. We hope the Philippine side will take concrete measures to ease the situation and do not make misleading remarks over and over again.
Q: Will China send people to attend the funeral of President Mutharika of Malawi?
A: Li Liguo, Special Representative of President Hu Jintao and Minister of Civil Affairs will attend the funeral of President Mutharika of Malawi on April 23.