Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on December 9, 2011

Hong Lei started the press conference with the following announcement:

At the invitation of President Hu Jintao, President Boronislaw Komorowski of the Republic of Poland will pay a state visit to China from December 18 to 22.

Q: The election of the Russian State Duma came to an end with the landslide victory of United Russia. We have noted that some western countries challenge the result of the election. What is China's comment?

A: As far as we know, some 700 international observers to the Russian State Duma election generally affirmed the result. China is among those who believe that the election result reflects the will of the Russian people. The Chinese side respects their choice and supports Russia pursuing a development path suited to its national conditions.

Q: The EU recently announced the introduction of a stricter fiscal regulatory mechanism as well as the injection of 200 billion euros to the IMF. Will China contribute to the IMF in a bid to bail out the eurozone countries from the debt crisis?

A: We have noted that some European countries have recently brought up quite a few important proposals to cope with the sovereign debt crisis and the EU Summit will make fresh and crucial decisions. We hope that relevant measures will be able to stabilize markets, boost confidence and push forward European integration.

China always supports European integration as well as the efforts made by Europe to overcome the sovereign debt crisis. China stands ready to work with the international community to stabilize the international financial markets and promote world economic recovery and growth.

Q: The foreign ministers' meeting of the NATO-Russia Council held in Brussel on December 8 centered on the issue of missile-defence system. How does China look at the difference between Russia and the NATO on this issue?

A: The anti-missile issue bears on global strategic stability and the mutual trust between major countries in the field of strategic security. We have noted that the Russian side expressed lately strong concerns about the US and the NATO's deployment of anti-missile system in Europe as well as its willingness to keep dialogue with them on the anti-missile issue. We hope that relevant parties will carry on with the negotiation based on full respect and accommodation of each other's security concerns and deal with relevant issue in a mutually beneficial manner in a bid to safeguard global strategic stability.

Q: Is the Chinese side satisfied with the outcomes of the EU Summit? Does China still believe that the EU will tide over the European debt crisis?

A: We have not seen the final outcomes of the Summit. I want to stress that the difficulty faced by the European countries is temporary. We believe that the EU has the capacity and wisdom to resolve relevant issues. China's confidence and attitude remain unchanged.

Q: It is reported that Liu Guijin, Special Representative of the Chinese Government for African Affairs arrived in South Sudan on December 7 for mediation. Please brief us on that.

A: Ambassador Liu Guijin, Special Representative of the Chinese Government for African Affairs visited South Sudan from December 7 to 8, meeting with President Kirr, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nhial and Minister of Petroleum and Mining Dhieu respectively.

Ambassador Liu Guijin flew to Sudan on December 8. As far as we know, he has met with Sudanese Foreign Minister Karti, State Minister at the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Sedig and Secretary General of the Ministry of Petroleum.

Ambassador Liu Guijin's visit focuses on exchange of views with the South and the North on issues such as the recent situation between the two sides as well as their oil dispute. China hopes that the two sides will stick to the choice of peace, make active response to the international mediation efforts and resolve differences and disputes through dialogue and negotiation. China will continue to work with the international community to push for harmonious co-existence and common development of the two sides.

Q: The US asked the WTO to settle the chicken trade row with China. What is China's comment?

A: I want to point out that economic relations make up an important part of China-US relations. We hope that the two sides will bridge some differences in this regard through appropriate means and strive for a sustained, healthy and stable development of China-US economic relations and trade.

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