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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on March 8, 2013

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on March 8, 2013.

Q: DPRK Foreign Ministry spokesperson reportedly said in a statement that "it has become difficult to avert the second Korean War" and threatened to launch preemptive nuclear strikes against the US and the ROK. What is China's comment on the current situation on the Peninsula?

A: China has noted relevant reports and is concerned about that. The current situation on the Peninsula is highly complex and sensitive. It serves the common interests of the international community to safeguard peace and stability of the Peninsula and Northeast Asia. China urges relevant parties to remain calm and restrained and refrain from further taking actions that may escalate the tension. We call on all parties concerned to uphold dialogue and negotiation, in an effort to solve the issue of denuclearization of the Peninsula within the framework of the Six-Party Talks and explore an effective way to fundamentally realize long-lasting peace and stability of the Peninsula and Northeast Asia. China will continue to make unremitting efforts to this end.

Q: China supported the UN resolution on sanctions against the DPRK. Is it a sign of its changing attitude towards the DPRK?

A: China has made clear its position on the Security Council's resolution on the DPRK's nuclear test. Resolution 2094 of the Security Council demonstrated the international community's objection to the DPRK's nuclear test. Meanwhile, it pledged to peacefully solve the Korean nuclear issue through dialogue and negotiation and reiterated its support and call for the resumption of the Six-Party Talks. Generally speaking, the Resolution is a balanced one. China holds an objective and fair position and has played an important and constructive role throughout the discussion on the Resolution. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China has always been seriously implementing relevant Security Council resolutions and fulfilling due international obligations.

Q: Will China impose sanctions against the DPRK by cutting oil export to it or suspending two-way trade?

A: As a permanent member of the UN Security Council and a responsible member of the international community, China will deal with relevant issues in accordance with international laws and regulations.

Q: Does China support Japan's nomination of President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)?

A: In recently years, according to the consensus reached by the G20 on the reform of international financial institutions, a number of these institutions have started to select candidates in accordance with the principles of "openness, transparency and merit", which embodies initial results of the reform. Against this background, China believes that the ADB should also follow the above practice and select the next President according to the principles of "openness, transparency and merit".

Q: Tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Spain. How does China comment on China-Spain relations? Does China still believe that Spain is China's best friend in Europe as it used to proclaim?

A: This year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Spain. This is a major event for both countries and the two sides will jointly hold a series of celebrations. China-Spain relations have made sound development since the establishment of diplomatic relations. The two are good friends and partners. In recent years, China and Spain have constantly deepened relations in political, economic, cultural, educational, science and technology and other fields and have yielded fruitful results in cooperation. China values its relations with Spain and is ready to work closely with Spain to make celebrations of the 40th anniversary a success to push bilateral relations to a new high.

Q: What impact will the Security Council's resolution on the DPRK's nuclear test have on China-DPRK relations?

A: China maintains normal state-to-state relations with the DPRK. Meanwhile, we firmly oppose the DPRK's nuclear test and stand for realization of denuclearization of the Peninsula.

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