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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on June 7, 2013

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on June 7, 2013.

Hong Lei started the press conference with the following announcement:

At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, ROK President Park Geun-hye will pay a state visit to China from June 27 to 30. She will meet and hold talks with Chinese leaders to discuss bilateral relations as well as major international and regional issues of common interest.

China and the ROK are each other's important neighbours. The sustained, sound and steady development of China-ROK relations serves the fundamental interests of the two countries and two peoples, and is also conducive to regional peace, stability and development. China and the ROK have maintained a sound momentum of high-level communication since the inauguration of President Park Geun-hye. We believe that this visit will further enhance our strategic mutual trust, chart the course for the development of bilateral relations in the years to come and push forward cooperation and exchanges in all fields. China is ready to work together with the ROK to foster good-neighbourly and friendly cooperation on a solid footing and further enrich our strategic and cooperative partnership.

Q: Anti-government demonstrations have spread across Turkey. Many countries have expressed concern over those demonstrations and the government's suppression. What is China's comment?

A: We have no comment on Turkey's internal affairs. We hope that Turkey could maintain political and social stability.

Q: The DPRK's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea proposed to hold working-level talks with the ROK in Kaesong on June 9 to prepare for the ministerial-level talks. What is China's comment?

A: China is glad to see and welcomes the DPRK and the ROK's agreement on resuming contact and dialogue. China encourages the two sides to solve problems and improve relations through dialogue and consultation. We hope that all parties could cherish this hard-won momentum of dialogue and strive to turn around the situation as soon as possible so as to jointly maintain peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula.

Q: What measures has China taken to protect the safety as well as legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens in Ghana?

A: We have briefed the media on what the Chinese Foreign Ministry and Embassy in Ghana have done in the wake of the Ghanaian government's clean-up actions against illegal gold mining.

I want to stress that the Chinese Foreign Ministry and Embassy in Ghana pay high attention to and take practical measures to protect the safety as well as legitimate rights and interests of overseas Chinese. We also encourage them to abide by local laws and regulations. The Chinese Foreign Ministry and Embassy in Ghana have repeatedly lodged representations with the Ghanaian side since the latter launched clean-up actions against illegal gold mining, calling for their strong discipline in law enforcement, and asking the authorities to stop some individuals from robbing the Chinese and ensure humanitarian treatment, safety as well as lawful rights and interests of the detained Chinese. We have also asked the Ghanaian side to ensure the safety and facilitate the travel of those Chinese who want to leave Ghana.

Officials from the Embassy have paid visits to the detained Chinese, brought to them food and other daily necessities and arranged medical treatment for them. The Embassy has also sent staff to relevant mines to get more information.

The Foreign Ministry and the Chinese Embassy in Ghana will follow closely the developments, continue to provide consular protection and assistance to our fellow Chinese and protect their safety as well as legitimate rights and interests.

Q: The intelligence and security committee of the UK parliament aired on June 6 grave concern over the cooperation agreement between BT Group and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. How does China respond?

A: China's telecommunications companies conduct international business in accordance with principles of the market economy. Cooperation between the Chinese company and relevant country is mutually beneficial. We hope that the UK could be objective and create a favorable environment for cooperation between Chinese and British companies.

Q: Taiwanese leader Ma Ying-jeou reportedly proposed that the Chinese mainland, Taiwan and Japan should shelve the dispute over the Diaoyu Islands and launch a trilateral dialogue on how to develop resources around the islands. What is the Chinese mainland's position?

A: The Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands have been China's inherent territory since ancient times. It is the Chinese government's unswerving stance to safeguard its sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands as well as its legitimate rights and interests in the East China Sea. It is the shared responsibility of Chinese on both sides of the Taiwan Straits to uphold the overall interests of the Chinese nation.

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