|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Liu Weimin's Regular Press Conference on January 12, 2012|
Q: It is reported that a high-level Chinese delegation will visit Sudan and South Sudan soon. Please brief us on that.
A: At the invitation of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement of South Sudan and Sudan's National Congress Party, Li Yuanchao, Member of the Politburo of the CPC Central Committee, Secretary of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee and head of the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee will lead a Chinese Communist Party's delegation to visit South Sudan and Sudan from January 13 to 15 and meet with leaders of the two countries, exchanging views with them on party-to-party exchanges, bilateral relations as well as international and regional issues of common interest.
Q: An Iranian nuclear scientist was killed in a bomb attack recently. What is China's comment on that?
A: I have noted relevant reports. China opposes all forms of violence.
Q: Premier Wen Jiabao will soon visit the three energy powers in the Gulf region. Will the Chinese side request relevant oil producers to increase oil production so as to stabilize the international oil price?
A: During his visit, Premier Wen will exchange views with leaders of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar on cooperation in a wide range of areas, which not only cover energy, but also politics, economy and trade, science and technology, culture, education and humanities. Like many other countries around the world, China maintains normal cooperation with the three Gulf countries in the field of energy. During this visit, China will also sign a series of cooperation documents with the above three countries in humanities, science and technology, culture, education and other fields.
Q: The fourth Senior Officials' Meeting on Implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) will soon be held. Please brief us on that.
A: The fourth Senior Officials' Meeting on Implementing the DOC will be held in Beijing from January 13 to 15. Senior officials from China and ten ASEAN countries will be present. The meeting will review the progress made in the implementation of the DOC and focus on promoting practical cooperation within the framework of the DOC.
The year 2011 witnessed progress and important achievements made in the implementation of the DOC. China and ASEAN countries reached agreement on the Guidelines for implementing the DOC last July, paving the way for the implementation of the DOC. Last December, the Workshop on Regional Oceanology in the South China Sea and the Seminar on Freedom and Safety of Navigation in the South China Sea were successfully held in China, launching practical cooperation within the framework of the DOC. In a bid to carry forward maritime practical cooperation between China and the ASEAN and push for the implementation of the DOC, China set up the RMB 3 billion worth of China-ASEAN maritime cooperation fund.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the signing of the DOC. China would like to make concerted efforts with ASEAN countries to make the Senior Officials' Meeting a success and seize the current hard-won opportunity to maintain the momentum of practical cooperation in the South China Sea, push for the comprehensive implementation of the DOC and promote peace and stability of the South China Sea for the benefit of people in all countries.
Q: Philippine Foreign Minister Rosario released a statement on Tuesday, calling for the peaceful settlement of the territorial sovereignty dispute over the South China Sea. He also stated that the dispute should be resolved by relevant countries in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. What is China's comment?
A: China's position on the South China Sea issue is clear and consistent. China always maintains that China and the Philippines should resolve the South China Sea dispute through consultation and negotiation based on full respect for history and international law.
China is committed to developing good-neighbourly and friendly cooperation with the Philippines. To handle the South China Sea dispute appropriately and to ensure the sound and stable development of China-Philippine relations are the consensus reached by the two countries. The two sides also keep the lines of communication open. China and the Philippines will hold the 17th diplomatic consultation in Beijing on January 14, exchanging views on bilateral relations, enhancement of practical cooperation as well as issues of common interest. On top of that, the two sides will also compare notes on appropriately resolving the South China Sea dispute and jointly safeguarding peace and stability in the South China Sea.