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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on November 12, 2015

2015-11-12

Q: A delegation of US Congress led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has visited Tibet. Can you give us more details?

A: The delegation led by US Congresswoman Pelosi is visiting China at the invitation of the NPC Standing Committee. It is an exchange between legislative bodies of China and the US. Before coming to Beijing, the delegation visited Tibet. Today, leaders of the NPC Standing Committee will meet with Pelosi. We will release the information in due course.

Q: Reports from Pakistan say that China and Pakistan have formally commenced the operation of Gwadar Port and China has taken over Gwadar port under a new agreement. Can you provide some details?

A: China and Pakistan are friendly neighbors who have been conducting cooperation in various fields based on mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit. The Chinese company's taking over of the management right of Gwadar port is a business practice within China-Pakistan economic cooperation and trade and part of mutually beneficial and friendly cooperation between the two countries. Gwadar port is one of the key projects under the framework of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Companies from China and Pakistan will continue to build and develop the port following the principle of conducting consultations on an equal footing and pursuing win-win results.

Q: Indonesia's security chief said that Indonesia could take China before an international court if dispute with China over waters off Indonesia's Natuna islands in the South China Sea could not be resolved through dialogues. Has the Chinese side noted the relevant report? What is China's response to that?

A: The Indonesian side has no territorial claim to China's Nansha Islands. The Chinese side has no objection to Indonesia's sovereignty over the Natuna islands.

China stays committed to peacefully resolving disputes over territory and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea through negotiations and consultations with countries directly concerned on the basis of respecting historical facts and international law. It is in line with international law and relevant international practice. It is also the solemn commitment made by China and ASEAN countries in the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC). China-Indonesia comprehensive strategic partnership is making steady and sound progress. We hope to make joint efforts with the Indonesian side to keep advancing the bilateral relationship.

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