Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Liu Weimin's Regular Press Conference on November 18, 2011

Q: US President Obama delivered a speech on US' Asia-Pacific policy during his visit to Australia. What is China's comment?

A: The Asia Pacific is the most dynamic part of the world with greatest potential of development. Nevertheless, countries within this region are also facing some common challenges. In handling Asia-Pacific affairs, one should comply with the basic trend of peace, development and cooperation upheld by regional countries, and respect the diversity and complexity of the region. Countries in the Asia Pacific should handle regional affairs through consultation and cooperation in the spirit of mutual respect so as to realize mutual benefit. The consensus of building a cooperative partnership reached between China and the US includes the enhancement of bilateral communication and coordination on Asia-Pacific affairs in a bid to safeguard regional peace, stability and prosperity. China will work with the US side to implement relevant consensus earnestly.

Q: What is China's position on formulating the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC) with ASEAN countries?

A: The formulation of the COC has been listed as a goal in the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) signed between China and ASEAN countries in 2002. China is open to discussion on the formulation of the COC when conditions are ripe. China would like to conduct practical cooperation with ASEAN countries to press ahead with the implementation of the DOC and probe into the formulation of the COC.

China arrived at an agreement with ASEAN countries on the guidelines for the implementation of the follow-up actions of the DOC last July. All parties should seize the hard-won opportunity to earnestly implement the DOC, activate concrete cooperation on the South China Sea and safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea, with a view to laying the foundation of mutual trust and creating a favorable atmosphere for the formulation of the COC. China is in communication with ASEAN countries, planning to hold a senior officials meeting on the implementation of the DOC in China within this year.

Q: US House Intelligence Committee will launch investigation into Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. to see whether they have undertaken activities that threaten US national security. What is China's comment?

A: To further strengthen economic cooperation and trade is in the interests of both China and the US. Following market rules and local laws and regulations, Chinese enterprises' investment in the US brings benefit to US employment. We hope the US side will not politicize economic activities.

Q: It is reported that the IAEA Board of Governors Meeting is being held in Vienna from November 17 to 18. P5+1 countries have reached an agreement on the Board's draft resolution which will hopefully be adopted through discussion on November 18. What is China's position on the draft resolution?

A: The IAEA Board of Governors is deliberating a resolution on the Iranian nuclear issue. China and other members of the P5+1 mechanism jointly tabled the resolution, which aims at strengthening the cooperation between Iran and the IAEA and supporting relevant parties' diplomatic efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue through dialogue.

China believes that the Iranian nuclear issue can only be solved through dialogue and cooperation which requires all relevant parties' joint efforts. The earnest and practical dialogue between the P5+1 mechanism and Iran as well as the enhancement of cooperation between the IAEA and Iran are the correct approach to the comprehensive, long-term and appropriate settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue. We maintain that the IAEA should be fair and objective and actively committed to clarifying relevant issues through cooperation with the Iranian side. It is also imperative for Iran to show more flexibility and sincerity in conducting cooperation with the Agency earnestly.

Highly responsible for the international non-proliferation regime as well as peace and stability of the Middle East Region, China will steadfastly press ahead with the dialogue between P5+1 countries and Iran and continue to play a constructive role in peacefully resolving the Iranian nuclear issue through diplomatic means.

Q: Russia stated recently that due to the tensions in Syria, the Syrian opposition's actions may result in a full-scale civil war. What is China's comment? How does China look at the Syrian opposition?

A: China always upholds and supports a swift launch of an inclusive political process involving all parties in Syria to respond to the reasonable aspirations of the Syrian people. The international community should work together to play a constructive role for the realization of the goal.

Q: It is reported that Chinese and Indonesian leaders agreed during their meeting in Bali that contentious political security issues should not be introduced into the East Asia Summit. Is it a consensus of this East Asia Summit?

A: China believes that the East Asia Summit should focus on development and promote cooperation. We hold no objection to the discussion of political security issues, if it is centered on the field of non-traditional security. We do not want contentious issues to be brought to the Summit, as they will undermine the sound atmosphere of cooperation.

Q: US Secretary of State Clinton will visit Myanmar next month. How does China look at the contact between the US and Myanmar?

A: We would like to see the US and other western countries enhance contact and improve relations with Myanmar. We also hope that the domestic and foreign policies of Myanmar will be conducive to its peace and stability.

Q: The Munich Security Conference will be held in Beijing this week. Please brief us on that.

A: The third Core Group Meeting of the Munich Security Conference will be held in Beijing this Sunday. As is desired by the host, the meeting will take the form of internal seminar. We believe that this meeting will help enhance mutual understanding and trust of all parties through communication.

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