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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on September 22, 2011
2011/09/23

On the afternoon of September 22, 2011, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a regular press conference.

Hong Lei briefed the press on Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi's meeting with Chairman Jalil of the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) on the sidelines of the General Debate of the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly.

On September 21 local time, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met with Chairman Jalil of the Libyan NTC on the sidelines of the General Debate of the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, the United States. Yang Jiechi said that China recognizes the NTC as the ruling authority of Libya and the representative of the Libyan people, and supports the independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and prosperity of Libya. China has provided humanitarian assistance to Libya and is actively considering providing new assistance to it within its capacity. China sincerely hopes that China-Libya cooperation will be renewed and pushed forward for the benefit of the Libyan people.

Jalil said that the Libyan people have high respect for and thank China for its support in the UN Security Council as well as the assistance it provided. He looked forward to a better Libya-China relationship. Given the rising international status and the leading role of China in international affairs, any country that yearns for development will look to China and build sound relations with it.

Q: How does China comment on the outcomes of the meeting between the DPRK and the ROK top nuclear negotiators yesterday?

A: To press ahead with the Six-Party Talks is in the common interests of all parties. China hopes to see the South and the North of the Korean Peninsula continue with their contact and dialogue and make progress so as to create conditions for the resumption of the Six-Party Talks.

Q: Oxfam recently released a report saying that foreign investors' land buying in Africa hurts local people's interests. Given that China has acquired a large amount of land in Africa and other places, does China agree with the report?

A: It is groundless to say that China acquires land in Africa. The Chinese Government upholds the principle of relying on domestic resources to achieve basic self-sufficiency in grain, and has no plan for massive overseas land buying. We provide food aid to African countries within our capacity and help them with their agricultural production. Recently, the Chinese side has provided RMB 400 million plus worth of emergency food aid to countries in the Horn of Africa that are suffering from severe drought and famine. Giving full play to its advantage in agricultural technology, China has set up 10 agricultural demonstration centers in Africa and sent nearly 1000 agricultural experts and technicians there to help African countries tackle the food security issue, which has been applauded by many African countries. Some Chinese enterprises conduct agricultural cooperation with African countries based on universally acknowledged business modes. These projects are generally on a small scale, with their products mainly provided to local markets.

Q: Has the Chinese side had contact with the DPRK and the ROK nuclear negotiators? Please brief us on that.

A: This morning, Special Representative for the Korean Peninsula Affairs of the Chinese Government Wu Dawei held talks with Wi Sung-lac, the ROK Head of Delegation to the Six-Party Talks and Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs. They exchanged views on the resumption of the Six-Party Talks. Special Representative Wu Dawei will meet with Ri Yong Ho, the DPRK Vice Foreign Minister and Head of Delegation to the Six-Party Talks this afternoon. Relevant information will be released in due course.

Q: According to the statement of the Chinese Foreign Ministry last night, US arms sales to Taiwan will cause damage to bilateral exchanges and cooperation in the military, security and other fields. Please brief us on the specific impact. Will the Chinese side impose sanctions on relevant US companies?

A: The Taiwan question, an internal affair of China, bears on China's sovereignty, territorial integrity and core interests and is dear to the hearts of the 1.3 billion Chinese people. China's position of firmly opposing any foreign government's arms sales to Taiwan is consistent and clear-cut. Paying no heed to China's repeated solemn representations, the US side announced its sale of advanced arms to Taiwan. Its action has grossly violated the three China-US joint communiqués, especially the principles enshrined in the August 17 Communiqué. It constitutes a serious interference in China's internal affairs and severely undermines China's national security and reunification. It also impairs China-US relations and the peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits. The Chinese Government and people will by no means accept it. The erroneous practice of the US will inevitably cause damage to China-US relations and bilateral exchanges and cooperation in the military, security and other fields, and the responsibility completely rests with the US side.

I want to point out that no one can shake the resolve of the Chinese Government and people to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity and combat outside interference. We urge the US side to fully recognize the great sensitivity and gravity of arms sales to Taiwan, respect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity in real earnest, abide by the three China-US joint communiqués and basic norms governing international relations, take immediate and effective measures to correct its error by revoking relevant arms sales plan, stopping selling arms to Taiwan and ceasing its military links with Taiwan so as to avoid further damage to the stable development of China-US relations as well as the peaceful development of cross-Straits relations.

I want to stress that whoever involved in activities that impair China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity is bound to incur Chinese people's opposition.

Q: An article in the People's Daily said that India and Vietnam's joint oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea infringed on China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. How does China comment?

A: China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters. China's claim over this area is grounded on ample historical and jurisprudential evidence. Any foreign company's oil and gas exploration activity in the waters under China's jurisdiction without China's permission is illegal and invalid. We hope that relevant foreign company will not take part in the oil and gas exploration so as to stay away from the South China Sea dispute.

Q: Will China adopt harsher countermeasures to express its dissatisfaction over US arms sales to Taiwan?

A: Paying no heed to China's repeated solemn representations, the US side announced its arms sales to Taiwan. Its action has grossly violated the three China-US joint communiqués, especially the principles enshrined in the August 17 Communiqué. It constitutes a serious interference in China's internal affairs and severely undermines China's national security and reunification. It also impairs China-US relations and the peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits. This action runs counter to the momentum of peaceful development of cross-Straits relations as well as the spirit of China-US cooperative partnership. China expresses strong indignation and firm opposition.

We urge the US side to respect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity in real earnest, abide by the three China-US joint communiqués and take immediate and effective measures to correct its error by revoking the arms sales plan, stopping selling arms to Taiwan and ceasing its military links with Taiwan so as to avoid further damage to the overall interests of China-US relations as well as the peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits.

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