|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on December 26, 2011|
Q: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has wrapped up his visit to China. What consensus has been reached by the two sides? How does China comment on the outcomes of the visit?
A: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda rounded off his official visit to China. During his visit, President Hu Jintao, Chairman Wu Bangguo met with him respectively, and Premier Wen Jiabao held talks with him. The two sides had an extensive and in-depth exchange of views on China-Japan relations as well as international and regional issues of common interest, arriving at important consensus.
Chinese leaders stated that on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the normalization of China-Japan diplomatic ties, the two sides decided to deepen China-Japan strategic relationship of mutual benefit and follow through on the path of peaceful co-existence, lasting friendship, win-win cooperation and common development in light of the principles enshrined in the four China-Japan political documents as well as a host of significant agreements reached between the two sides based on the spirit of taking history as the mirror and looking forward to the future. It serves not only the fundamental interests of the two countries and two peoples but also contributes to peace, stability and prosperity of Asia and the world at large.
Chinese leaders also said that the two sides should seize the opportunity and take concrete and effective measures to enhance political mutual trust, expand practical cooperation across the board, especially in the fields of green economy, energy conservation and environmental protection, finance as well as high and new technology, take the opportunity of the 40th anniversary commemorating the normalization of diplomatic ties to make the Year of China-Japan National Exchange and Friendship a success and strengthen exchanges in culture, education, media and the youth. The two sides should also intensify cooperation in regional and international affairs, accelerate China-Japan-ROK cooperation and regional cooperation in East Asia so as to jointly tackle challenges in the world economy.
According to Prime Minister Noda, China's development presents opportunity to both Japan and the world. The past four decades since the normalization of diplomatic ties witness the development of Japan-China relations in leaps and bounds. Bilateral trade volume and personnel exchanges enjoy substantial increase. The two governments strive to push forward bilateral relations in the spirit of the four Japan-China political documents. The two sides reached important consensus on deepening bilateral strategic relationship of mutual benefit during President Hu Jintao's visit to Japan in 2008. Both sides should seize the opportunity of the 40th anniversary marking the normalization of Japan-China diplomatic relations next year to reinforce political mutual trust and high-level interactions, promote exchanges between the two peoples, upgrade bilateral mutually beneficial economic relations and step up cooperation in trade, environment, finance and tourism in a bid to boost peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and constantly deepen Japan-China strategic relationship of mutual benefit.
On the Korean Peninsula issue, the two sides share the view that peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula serves the common interests of all parties concerned and meets the widespread aspiration of the international community. The two sides should work with all parties concerned to maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and realize enduring peace and harmony of the Peninsula and Northeast Asia.
The two sides also signed cooperation documents on energy conservation and environmental protection as well as exchanges of the youth during this visit.
Q: Two recent blasts that hit Syria's capital reportedly caused heavy casualties. Meanwhile, the Arab League's mission made up of 50 observers has arrived in Syria. What is China's comment?
A: China opposes terrorism in all its manifestations. China condemns in strong terms the above bomb attacks and hopes that the investigation will reveal the truth as soon as possible. This incident shows once again the importanc