Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Liu Weimin's Regular Press Conference on April 10, 2012

Q: Japan has deployed missiles for interception in response to the DPRK's plan to launch a satellite soon. How does China comment? Second, please brief us on the agenda and possible outcome of the seventh meeting of the SCO security council secretaries.

A: On your first question, maintaining peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia serves the common interests of all parties and is also the common responsibility of all. Under the current circumstances, China calls on all parties concerned to exercise calmness and restraint, earnestly honor relevant international law and avoid escalation of tensions on the Peninsula.

On your second question, Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping gave an interview to Phoenix TV on the seventh meeting of the SCO security council secretaries. This is the first time for China to host the meeting. State Councillor Meng Jianzhu will chair this important meeting during which topics such as regional security situation and deepening SCO security cooperation will be discussed. The meeting will also make preparations for this year's SCO Summit.

On the sidelines of the meeting, Chinese leadership will meet with heads of delegations from participating countries, and State Councillor Meng Jianzhu will have bilateral meetings with the security council secretaries of member states, exchanging views on bilateral relations and bilateral law-enforcement and security cooperation. China hopes that this meeting will better chart the course of future SCO law-enforcement and security cooperation, reach new consensus on fighting the "three forces", drug-trafficking, transnational organized crimes and cyber crimes, and review and adopt relevant documents of fighting the "three forces" and responding to issues that threaten regional peace, security and stability so that they can be submitted to the SCO Summit.

Q: Today is the deadline for cease-fire proposed by the UN-AL Special Envoy Annan on the Syrian issue. But there is still no cease-fire yet. Is China concerned over the current Syrian situation?

A: China supports the six-point proposal made by Special Envoy Annan and urges the Syrian Government, opposition and other parties concerned to immediately and earnestly respond to the mediation proposal of Annan and the call of the international community, and honor their pledges of cease-fire and troop withdrawal so as to relax the current tensions and create sound conditions for the political settlement of the Syrian issue.

Q: Was the Syrian issue discussed during the meeting between Turkish Prime Minister and the Chinese leader? Did China and Turkey reach an agreement on nuclear power cooperation? The Syrian forces recently fired on the refugee camps inside Turkey. How does China comment?

A: Yesterday, Premier Wen Jiabao and Prime Minister Erdogan had talks, exchanging views on the Syrian issue. We have released relevant information. The two sides had in-depth discussion on China-Turkey economic cooperation and trade and agreed to further expand cooperation in fields of high and new technologies such as nuclear power, aviation and electronics. The two sides signed relevant cooperation agreements after the meeting. Please refer to competent Chinese authorities for the specifics.

On your second question, we have noticed relevant report and are concerned over the issue. We urge all parties concerned to earnestly implement pledges such as cease-fire and troop withdrawal and take concrete actions to ease the current tensions.

Q: The ROK media quoted an ROK official as saying that the DPRK may be preparing a third nuclear test. How does China comment?

A: Maintaining peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia serves the common interests of all parties. China firmly believes that the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula should be pushed forward and this position remains unchanged. At the same time, China calls on all parties concerned to exercise calmness and restraint, and make joint efforts to prevent the reversal of the hard-won relaxation of tension on the Peninsula.

Q: It is reported that the 30th Annual Plenary Session of the InterAction Council will be held in China. Please brief us on the specifics.

A: The 30th Annual Plenary Session of the InterAction Council will be held in Tianjin from May 10 to 12. The main topics for discussion are the the present state of the world, the global financial crisis, global security imperatives and global water crisis. More than 20 former heads of state and government including the co-chairs of the Council, former Canadian Prime Minister Chr├ętien and former Austrian Chancellor Vranitzky, will attend the meeting.

This annual meeting is hosted by the Council and organized by the Chinese Foreign Ministry and the Tianjin Municipal People's Government. The meeting is of particular importance as it coincides with the 30th anniversary of the inauguration of the InterAction Council. China will cooperate with the Secretariat of the Council to make this annual meeting a success.

Q: It is reported that Petrovietnam and Gazprom recently signed an agreement on natural gas development, planning to jointly develop two oil and gas blocks in the South China Sea. How Does China comment?

A: China has indisputable sovereignty over the islands in the South China Sea and their adjacent waters. China is committed to peacefully resolving relevant disputes of the South China Sea issue based on respect for historical facts and international law through friendly consultation and direct negotiation with countries directly concerned. We hope relevant countries concerned will meet China half way and avoid drawing countries outside this region into the dispute. We also hope companies from countries outside this region will respect and support relevant countries' efforts to address the dispute through bilateral negotiation and avoid getting themselves involved into the South China Sea dispute in any form.

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