|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on November 30, 2010|
On the afternoon of November 30, 2010, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a regular press conference.
Q: Some countries expressed the hope that China play a bigger role on the Korean Peninsula issue. How do you comment?
A: China's position on the Korean Peninsula issue is consistent, clear, open and transparent. Over the years, China has made great efforts along with relevant parties to realize denuclearization and maintain peace and stability on the Peninsula, playing an active and constructive role, which is witnessed by all.
I would like to emphasize that to maintain peace and stability on the Peninsula is the common responsibility of all parties, who should make joint efforts towards this end. Under current circumstances, it is of utter importance and urgency to bring the Peninsula issue back to the track of dialogue and consultation. We hope relevant parties work together to address each party's concern properly through dialogue and consultation within the framework of the Six-Party Talks, with a view to contributing to peace and stability on the Peninsula.
Q: It is said that China plans to send State Councilor Dai Bingguo or Minister Wang Jiarui of the International Department of the CPC to visit the DPRK as special envoy. Could you confirm?
A: China has always been committed to peace and stability on the Peninsula. Under current circumstances of tension on the Korean Peninsula, China stays in close communication with other parties in various ways. As for your question, I don't have information to share at present.
Q: In response to China's proposal of emergency consultations among heads of delegation to the Six-Party Talks in early December in Beijing, the US, Japan and the ROK have reportedly said the time is not right now. How do you comment?
A: The starting point of China's proposal to have emergency consultations among heads of delegation to the Six-Party Talks is to ease the situation on the Peninsula and provide a platform of contact and dialogue for the parties. We believe relevant parties will carefully consider China's proposal and respond positively. It is in the common interests of all parties as well as wide aspiration of the international community to bring the Peninsula issue back to the track of dialogue and consultation at an early date.
Q: Today, the DPRK reportedly claimed that it had made significant progress in developing uranium enrichment technology. How do you comment? Do you think that constitutes violation of relevant Security Council Resolutions?
A: We have taken note of relevant report. We believe all countries should implement relevant Security Council Resolutions in an earnest and precise manner. We uphold realizing denuclearization on the Peninsula through dialogue and consultation. What is imperative at the moment is to resume the Six-Party Talks. We expect parties concerned to exert joint efforts to create conditions for the resumption of Talks so as to bring the issue back to the track of dialogue and consultation as soon as possible.
Q: Foreign Ministers from the US, Japan and the ROK are going to meet in Washington next week to discuss issues related to the Korean Peninsula. Do you have any comment?
A: Under the current circumstances, we call on relevant parties to do more to help ease the situation and contribute to peace and stability on the Peninsula.
Q: Director-General Akitaka Saiki of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau of the Japanese Foreign Ministry is visiting China today. Which Chinese official will he meet with?
A: Director-General Akitaka Saiki is coming to China today. Special Representative Wu Dawei of the Chinese Government on Korean Peninsular Affairs will meet with him.
Q: Chairman Choe Thae Bok of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly arrives in Beijing today. Could you brief us on his itinerary?
A: As we learnt from competent authorities, Chairman Choe Thae Bok of DPRK Supreme People's Assembly will pay an official friendly visit to China from November 30 to December 4 at the invitation of Chairman Wu Bangguo of the NPC Standing Committee. During his visit, the two sides will exchange views on bilateral relations, parliamentary exchanges as well as other issues of common interest. Apart from Beijing, his delegation will also visit Jilin Province.
Q: It is said Director Kim Yong-il of the International Department of the Workers' Party of Korea is also visiting China today. Could you confirm?
A: I don't have any information on that. Please refer to competent authorities.
Q: First, do you think the DPRK's enrichment activities are legal? Second, have you secured support from the DPRK for your proposal of emergency consultations among the Six Parties?
A: China is checking on the relevant situation mentioned in reports about the DPRK uranium enrichment program. China remains firm in pushing for denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and safeguarding peace and stability on the Peninsula and in Northeast Asia. It is in the common interest of all parties to promote the Six-Party Talks and comprehensively materialize the goals set in the September 19 Joint Statement.
On your second question, we believe parties concerned will carefully consider China's proposal and make positive response.
Q: You keep saying that China is committed to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. Do you think it's possible that the DPRK and the ROK can achieve peace and stability?
A: China always supports the North and South of the Korean Peninsula to improve relations gradually for reconciliation and cooperation through dialogue and consultation so as to achieve independent peaceful unification eventually.