On April 23, 2012, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Liu Weimin held a press conference.
Liu Weimin started the press conference with the following announcement.
As agreed between China and the US, the fourth China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue will be held in Beijing from May 3 to 4. Special representatives of President Hu Jintao, Vice Premier Wang Qishan and State Councillor Dai Bingguo will co-chair the dialogue with special representatives of President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. The two sides will have broad and in-depth exchange of views on further implementing the consensus reached between the two heads of state, promoting China-US cooperative partnership, deepening communication and coordination on macro-economic policies and major international economic issues, enhancing practical cooperation across the board in such fields as business and trade as well as boosting communication on international and regional issues.
Since its establishment in 2009, the mechanism of China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogues has played a unique and important role in promoting the development of China-US relations and high-level strategic communication between the two countries.
Under the current circumstances, holding the fourth China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue to exchange in-depth views on China-US relations and wide-ranging issues of mutual interest will help deepen mutual understanding, expand common ground, reduce differences, boost mutual trust, enhance cooperation, further implement the important consensus between the two heads of state and the outcome of Vice President Xi Jinping's visit to the US, push forward the bilateral cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit in order to build a new type of relations between major countries featuring sound interaction and win-win cooperation.
China and the US have agreed that the third China-US high-level consultation on people-to-people exchanges will be held in Beijing from May 3 to 4. State Councillor Liu Yandong and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will jointly attend and co-chair the plenary session.
Q: It is reported that a Chinese company from Hubei Province sold equipments to the DPRK in support of its delivery and launch of missiles. Has the US made representations with China? Is China investigating the issue?
A: I have expounded on this issue many times. China has kept communication with relevant countries on issues such as non-proliferation.
Q: Did State Councillor Dai Bingguo talk about the DPRK's nuclear test in his meeting with Kim Yong Il, Alternate Member of the Political Bureau, secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and head of the international department of the WPK? Will China prevent the DPRK from nuclear tests?
A: State Councillor Dai Bingguo and Minister Kim Yong Il had in-depth exchange of views on China-DPRK relations. On the Korean nuclear issue, China has been in communication with all parties concerned including the DPRK. China stays committed to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Q: It is learned that President Kiir of South Sudan has ordered his military to withdraw from Heglig. Sudanese Defence Minister on the other hand claimed that the Sudanese army took over the area after fierce battle. How does China comment?
A: We hope Sudan and South Sudan will continue to exercise calmness and restraint, respect each other's sovereignty, boost mutual trust, actively cooperate with international mediation efforts and resume negotiation as soon as possible. China will continue to work with the international community to promote peace talks and play a constructive role.
Q: Philippine Foreign Secretary Del Rosario said on April 22 that there should be thinking on China's intention behind its action on the Huangyan Island issue. He called on other countries to express their positions on China's actions in the South China Sea. How does China comment?
A: The Huangyan Island is China's inherent territory. The Chinese Government's position to maintain its territorial sovereignty is clear and firm. Pushing other countries to take sides on the sovereignty issue will only complicate the issue and magnify the situation, and won't help to solve the issue properly.
Q: It is reported that the US will sell four frigates to Taiwan. What's China's position?
A: We have always been consistent, clear and firm in our opposition to US arms sales to Taiwan.
Q: Sudanese President Bashir recently said that there would be no more negotiations with South Sudan on the oil issue and he would not allow South Sudan to transport oil through Sudan's territory. Will Chinese oil companies be affected?
A: We have noticed relevant reports. Oil is the common economic lifeline of Sudan and South Sudan. We hope the two sides will keep level-headed and stay committed to proper resolution of the issue of sharing oil interests through negotiation since it is in both sides' fundamental interests. China is ready to work with the international community to make active efforts toward this end. Chinese oil companies and other cooperation partners have important projects in the two countries and their legitimate rights and interests should be concretely protected.
Q: How many people will China send to the UN monitoring mission to Syria? When will they arrive in Syria?
A: The Security Council recently adopted a resolution on the dispatch of UN monitors to Syria and China voted for it. China is willing to send people to join the monitoring mission and its advance team, and has been talking over the specific arrangement with the UN Secretariat. China will continue to play a constructive role in promoting the political resolution of the Syrian issue.
Q: Is the on-going China-Russia joint maritime military exercise a response to US-Philippine joint military exercise or part of the long-term strategic cooperation between China and Russia?
A: The Chinese military has released information on the China-Russia joint military exercise.
This exercise is aimed at deepening China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination, enhancing their joint response to new challenges and threats such as terrorism, natural disasters and piracy, stepping up practical cooperation between the two navies and maintaining peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific and the whole world.
As both major countries in the Asia-Pacific, China and Russia share common interests and aspirations in upholding peace, stability and development of the Asia-Pacific. They also shoulder the important responsibilities of maintaining regional security and stability.