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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on January 27, 2016

2016-01-27

At the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov of the Republic of Uzbekistan will pay a working visit to China from January 27 to 29

Q: On January 26, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at the annual press conference that the ties between Russia and China are going through its best period ever. Russia does not have such an extensive mechanisms of cooperation with any other country. Coordination between Russia and China on international affairs is one of the major factors ensuring international stability. The two countries are having the closest cooperation on all international issues. What is your comment?

A: Foreign Minister Lavrov spoke highly of China-Russia relations at the annual press conference. The Chinese side couldn't agree more with what he said.

China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination has been developing at a high level and with a positive momentum. Last year saw the two sides jointly celebrate and commemorate the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Second World War, align the Silk Road Economic Belt and Eurasian Economic Union,successfully hold Youth Friendly Exchange Year, conduct close and effective international coordination, achieve an array of landmark cooperation outcomes and breakthroughs in driving respective development and upholding international peace, security and stability.

China will continue to work with Russia to fully implement all the important cooperation consensus reached between the two leaders. Taking the 15th anniversary of the Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation between China and Russia as an opportunity, the two sides will make joint efforts to carry forward the peace concept of China and Russia sharing long-lasting friendship, translate the advantages of high-level political relations into more practical and international cooperation achievements, further advance bilateral relations, and contribute more to peace, security and stability of the region and beyond.

Q: On the South China Sea issue, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong of Cambodia said that individual countries should settle disputes among themselves without the involvement of ASEAN. What is your response?

A: The crux of the South China Sea issue is territorial disputes caused by some countries' illegal occupation of some maritime features of China's Nansha Islands, and disputes concerning overlapping claims of maritime rights and interests among some coastal countries in the South China Sea. China maintains that the South China Sea issue should be properly addressed through the "dual track" approach, that is, relevant disputes should be resolved peacefully through negotiations and consultations between parties directly concerned, and China and ASEAN countries should work together to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea. This also reflects the consensus among the majority of ASEAN countries. The statement made by the Cambodian side once again testifies to the fact that the "dual track" approach is widely accepted. The Chinese side commends that.

Q: US Secretary of State John Kerry is in China. He hopes that China can halt DPRK's nuclearization. Will China support stronger sanctions to rein in the DPRK? What kind of sanctions or steps will China take?

A: US Secretary of State Kerry is in China for a visit. Today, Foreign Minister Wang Yi is holding talks with Secretary Kerry for an in-depth exchange of views on issues of mutual interest. Relevant information will be released in due course.

On the Korean nuclear issue, I have made our position clear. China has been making unremitting efforts and playing an important role in realizing denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and safeguarding peace and stability of the Peninsula. This is recognized by all. However, it cannot solely rely on China to realize that goal. It calls for concerted efforts of all parties to work toward the same direction. Some parties' failure to do so is one major reason why the denuclearization process on the Peninsula has ran into difficulties and the Six-Party Talks stalled. We hope that the relevant party would earnestly fulfill its due responsibilities, play a constructive role, work with China, and make constructive and positive efforts to bring the Korean nuclear issue back to the right track.

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