|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on November 28, 2011|
Hong Lei started the press conference with the following announcement:
At the invitation of State Councillor Meng Jianzhu, Secretary of National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Raisa Bogatyreva will pay an official visit to China from December 4 to 9.
Q: On November 27, the Arab League adopted a resolution to impose sanctions on Syria which includes severing business ties with the central bank of Syria, freezing assets of the Syrian Government and issuing a travel ban on senior Syrian officials. How does China comment?
A: China believes that the Syrian issue should be resolved within the framework of the Arab League, which is in the common interests of Syria, Arab countries and the international community. We hope the Arab League and Syria will give priority to the fundamental interests of the Syrian people, peace and stability in the Middle East and avoiding external interference, step up communication and coordination in ending the Syrian crisis and properly handle relevant issues.
Q: On November 26, several fighter jets of NATO forces in Afghanistan made a cross-border attack on a military checkpoint in the Mohmand tribal area in the northwest of Pakistan, causing 24 Pakistani officials and soldiers dead and 13 soldiers wounded. How does China comment?
A: China is greatly shocked at the incident and expresses strong concern. We extend our solemn condolences over the Pakistani victims. China believes that the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan should be earnestly respected and relevant incident be thoroughly investigated and handled in a serious and appropriate manner.
Q: Recently, the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry released the report on the investigation of the previous riots in Bahrain, and the King made a speech on it. How does China comment?
A:China has taken note of relevant report and welcomes the speech by the King. We hope all sectors of Bahrain will continue to dissolve disputes through dialogue and other peaceful means in a joint effort to uphold national and social stability.
Q: Is China supportive of the Arab League's sanctions against Syria?
A: China hopes the Arab League and Syria will give priority to the fundamental interests of the Syrian people, peace and stability in the Middle East and avoiding external interference, step up communication and coordination in ending the Syrian crisis and properly handle relevant issues.
Q: Russian Prime Minister Putin said on November 27 that he had formally accepted the nomination of the Party of United Russia and became the Party's candidate for the next presidential election. How does China comment?
A: China has noted relevant report and believes that China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination will continue to maintain the sound momentum of sustained, healthy and stable development.
Q: It was reported that a tourist group and a business delegation both from China had a traffic accident in the DPRK. Please brief us on that.
A: A Chinese tourist group and a business delegation had a traffic accident in the DPRK on November 26, leaving 7 Chinese nationals dead and several injured. Some of those injured are under treatment in a local hospital.
The Chinese Embassy in the DPRK has launched an emergency mechanism and established a contingency task force headed by Ambassador Liu Hongcai. The task force visited the scene of accident and the hospital, and urged the DPRK side to spare no effort in rescuing and treating the injured and handle the aftermath well. At the same time, the Embassy has communicated with relevant Chinese departments which have got in touch with families of the victims according to our knowledge.
The DPRK side has expressed its readiness to do whatever it can to rescue and treat the injured and appropriately handle the matter, bearing in mind the friendship between the DPRK and China.
Q: Initial results from a new round of election in New Zealand on November 26 showed the ruling National Party won by 48% of votes for another term. What is China's comment?
A: China congratulates the National Party Government on its reelection. At present, China and New Zealand enjoy sound relations with fruitful outcomes in exchanges and cooperation across the board. China attaches great importance to developing ties with New Zealand and is ready to work with the new government there to enhance dialogue, exchanges and cooperation and constantly promote China-New Zealand mutually beneficial comprehensive relations of cooperation on the basis of mutual respect and equality, taking the opportunity of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties next year.
Q: If investigation results show that NATO troops attacked the Pakistani military checkpoint, what measures does China think the NATO should take?
A: I emphasized just now that relevant incident should be dealt with in an earnest and appropriate manner on the basis of a thorough investigation.
Q: It was reported that China recently donated school buses to Macedonia. Please brief us on that.
A: As is learned from competent authorities, China provided 23 school buses at the request of the Macedonian Government in accordance with an aid agreement reached in early 2011. On November 25, the Macedonian Government and the Chinese Embassy in Macedonia held a handover ceremony.
Since reform and opening up, China has received a large amount of international aid in such fields as poverty alleviation, environment, medical treatment and technology. As China develops, we provide assistance to others as well, which, though limited in amount, demonstrates China's international responsibility.