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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ma Zhaoxu's Regular Press Conference on May 13, 2010

On the afternoon of May 13, 2010, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ma Zhaoxu held a regular press conference and answered questions.

Ma Zhaoxu: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. It's my great pleasure to be here again. I'm sure we will have great time working together.

Now I have one announcement to make.

Minister of Culture Cai Wu, Special Envoy of President Hu Jintao, will attend the ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of Cameroon's independence in Yaounde on May 20. The visit is aimed at expressing Chinese people's friendliness towards Cameroonian people and conveying China's congratulations on the 50th anniversary of Cameroon's independence. Special Envoy Cai Wu will attend relevant celebration activities.

Now the floor is open.

Q: Preliminary result shows that Aquino III is on the course to win the Presidential Election in the Philippines. Do you have any comment? What is your expectation of the new Philippine Government?

A: We extend congratulations on the smooth election in the Philippines, and hope the country could maintain social stability, economic development and people's well-being. We are ready to work with the Philippines to promote sustained and in-depth development of our friendly relations of cooperation.

Q: UK Conservative Leader David Cameron has taken over as British Prime Minister and begun to form new government. Does he get China's congratulations? What is your expectation of China-UK relations?

A:Premier Wen Jiabao has sent a telegraph of congratulations to Prime Minister Cameron, and talked with him over phone last night to extend China's congratulations. The two sides agreed to work together to strive for further progress in China-UK relations. Vice Premier Li Keqiang has sent a telegraph of congratulations to Deputy Prime Minister Clegg, and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi to Foreign Secretary Hague.

China values its relations with the UK. Against the background of profound changes in the international situation, stronger cooperation between China and the UK is not only in the interest of the two countries and two peoples but also conducive to world peace, stability and prosperity. We will work together with the UK side to further deepen our practical cooperation in various fields and promote sound and stable development of our comprehensive strategic partnership.

Q: How will it affect China-India relations that India lately imposed restrictions on import of Chinese telecom equipment?

A: The Ministry of Commerce is in better position to take this question on China-India trade.

I'd like to point out that the rapid development of China-India trade and economic cooperation in recent years has brought tangible benefits to people in both countries. We are ready to work with the Indian side and conduct practical cooperation in various fields on the basis of equality and mutual benefit so as to further advance our trade relations.

Q: What is China's position on sanctions against Iran?

A: China always believes that dialogue and negotiation is the best approach to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue. Meanwhile, we support the "dual track" strategy and take a constructive part in the P5+1 discussions. We hope relevant actions of the Security Council will be conducive to safeguarding the international non-proliferation regime and peace and stability in the Middle East, help turn around the situation and press for a proper settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue.

Q: How will the upcoming China-US Human Rights Dialogue improve China-US relations and narrow the two countries' disagreement on human rights?

A: The 15th China-US Human Rights Dialogue will be held in Washington from May 13 to 14, local time. Director General Chen Xu of the International Department of Foreign Ministry will lead the Chinese delegation which is composed of officials from the Foreign Ministry and other Ministries. To my knowledge, the two sides will exchange views on the two countries' progress in human rights, the work of the UN Human Rights Council and other issues of common interest. Dialogue is better than confrontation. China is willing to have dialogue and communication with the US side on human rights on the basis of equality and mutual respect. We hope and believe such dialogue and communication will play a positive role in promoting the bilateral relations and enhancing mutual understanding.

Q: What is your expectation of the China-Japan-ROK Foreign Ministers' Meeting this weekend?

A:The fourth China-Japan-ROK Foreign Ministers' Meeting is held against the background of gradual economic recovery in Asia and other parts of the world as well as greater opportunities for the trilateral cooperation. We expect the meeting to have full review of past achievement, envision and plan for the future and make good preparation for the third Trilateral Summit Meeting among the three countries with a view to consolidating and developing the trilateral relations and further promoting cooperation in East Asia.

Q: Firstly, the DPRK media reported yesterday the country's nuclear fusion success. Could you confirm and comment? Secondly, US Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke will visit China. Please brief us on his itinerary.

A: On your first question, China has taken note of relevant report.

On your second question, please refer it to the Ministry of Commerce.

Q: Many people are shocked and concerned about the recent attacks in China on schoolchildren. What measures will China take to guarantee the safety of foreign students coming to study in China during the summon vacation?

A: Competent Chinese authorities are taking strong steps to address such incidents. As for specific measures and means, please refer to competent authorities.

Q: The ministerial meeting of the China-Arab Cooperation Forum is held in Tianjin today. Please brief us on the agenda.

A: The fourth ministerial meeting of the China-Arab Cooperation Forum is held in Tianjin today and tomorrow. This is the second meeting of such kind in China since the establishment of the Forum. President Hu Jintao will meet with the delegates tomorrow. Premier Wen Jiabao will attend the opening ceremony and deliver a speech. Foreign Ministers and representatives from China and Arab countries and Secretary General of the Arab League will be present at the meeting.

With the theme of "deepening comprehensive cooperation and realizing common development", the meeting will have comprehensive and in-depth discussions on China-Arab relations, forum construction, practical cooperation and international and regional issues of common interest. I believe the meeting will play a positive role in promoting China-Arab relations and China-Arab Cooperation Forum.

Q: How do you comment on the UK election? What adjustment do you think the new UK Government will make to UK-China relations?

A: The UK election is an internal affair of the UK. We never interfere into other's internal affairs.

As for China-UK relations, I have just expounded on it and have nothing to add.

Q: It's reported that a plane crushed in Libya on the morning of the May 12, local time. Has China expressed condolences?

A: China expresses sincere solicitude to the bereaved families and the injured and deep condolences to the victims. Yesterday President Hu Jintao sent a message of condolences to Libyan President Qadhafi, and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi expressed condolences to Foreign Minister Kousa.

If there are no more questions, thank you!

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