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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Liu Weimin's Regular Press Conference on November 24, 2011

Liu Weimin started the press conference with the following announcement:

At the invitation of the governments of Namibia, Botswana and Cameroon, State Councillor Liu Yandong will pay official visits to the three countries from November 28 to December 6.

Q: On November 23, Yemeni President Saleh signed the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) initiative and its implementation mechanism with relevant parties in Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia. What is China's comment?

A: China welcomes the signing of the GCC initiative and its implementation mechanism by relevant parties of Yemen. It is an important step taken by Yemen in its political transitional process. We hope all parties in Yemen will implement the accord in real earnest, restore social order and realize national stability and development at an early date.

Q: The ROK launched large-scale military exercises as November 23 marked the one year anniversary of the Yeonpyeong Island shelling incident. What is China's comment?

A: It is in the common interests of all relevant parties, including the North and the South, to safeguard peace and stability on the Peninsula and in Northeast Asia. We hope all relevant parties maintain contact and dialogue and do more to ease the situation.

Q: Some countries have tightened sanctions against Iran recently. Will it affect the economic cooperation and trade between China and Iran?

A: Like many other countries, China conducts open and transparent commercial cooperation with Iran in the fields of trade and energy, delivering benefits to the Iranian people. Relevant cooperation neither goes against any UN Security Council resolution or China's position on nuclear non-proliferation, nor does it impair a third party's interests. Therefore, it shall not be affected.

Q: The Ministry of Defence released the information yesterday that the naval fleet will head to the West Pacific for training. Please give us more details.

A: The Ministry of Defence released the information yesterday that the Chinese naval fleet will carry out regular training in the West Pacific. I refer you to the competent authorities for further information.

Q: You said yesterday that the leader of the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) had expressed the willingness to compensate Chinese companies for their losses. How would China seek compensation?

A: The governing authority in Libya has expressed its respect for Chinese companies' interests in Libya on many public occasions. The Chinese Government encourages Chinese companies' active participation in the post-war reconstruction of Libya. China will stay in communication with the Libyan Transitional Government in this regard.

Q: French Foreign Minister Juppé recently stated that France regards the Syrian opposition as the "legitimate interlocutor". What is China's comment?

A: We have noted relevant report. China always calls on all parties in Syria to launch an inclusive political process and the international community to play a constructive role to that end.

Q: Chinese leaders met with Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba yesterday. What consensus have the two sides reached?

A: Premier Wen Jiabao and State Councillor Dai Bingguo met with Foreign Minister Gemba respectively yesterday, and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi held talks with him. Both sides expressed the willingness to further enhance China-Japan strategic relationship of mutual benefit and elevate bilateral cooperation across the board and bilateral relations to a new high, taking the opportunity of the 40th anniversary of the normalization of China-Japan diplomatic ties next year.

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