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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Liu Weimin's Regular Press Conference on December 15, 2011

Liu Weimin started the press conference with the following announcement:

State Councillor Dai Bingguo will attend the Fourth Greater Mekong Sub-Region Economic Cooperation (GMS) Summit to be held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar from December 19 to 20.

With the theme of "Beyond 2012: Towards a New Decade of GMS Strategic Development Partnership", the Summit will ratify the New GMS Strategic Framework 2012-2022, adopt or sign outcome documents concerning cooperation in fields of tourism, agriculture, environment, information superhighway, public health and freight transport and jointly sign the Nay Pyi Taw Declaration.

Attending the Summit in the spirit of consolidating good-neighbourliness and friendship, deepening regional cooperation and promoting mutual benefit, China looks forward to enhancing friendly relations of cooperation with sub-regional countries, pushing forward sub-regional cooperation with greater vitality and development momentum, with a view to delivering more benefits to peoples from sub-regional countries.

Q: What is China's comment on the extreme words and deeds of the ROK groups protesting in front of the Chinese Embassy in the ROK several times?

A: China expresses strong concerns and has lodged representations to the ROK side. We urge the ROK side to take concrete and effective measures to ensure the safety of Chinese diplomatic missions, personnel and institutions in the ROK. The ROK side expressed that it took seriously China's concerns, regretted the overreaction in front of the Chinese Embassy and pledged to take further actions to protect Chinese personnel and institutions in the ROK.

Q: A destroyer from the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Forces will visit Qingdao for exchange with the Chinese navy. What is China's comment?

A: Please refer to the information released by the Ministry of National Defence.

Q: It is reported that President Obama delivered a speech recently, saying that the last US troops in Iraq will withdraw in the next few days, which officially ends the Iraq War. What is China's comment? How does China view the prospect of development and reconstruction in Iraq?

A: China stands for Iraq's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, hopes that Iraq will accelerate its political and economic reconstruction process and believes that Iraq has the capacity to pull through difficulties and realize national security, stability and development.

Q: Will State Councillor Dai Bingguo meet with Myanmese leaders on the sidelines of relevant meeting that he is going to attend in Myanmar? Could you confirm that the Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar has met with Aung San Suu Kyi?

A: China is arranging bilateral meetings on the sidelines of this Summit that State Councillor Dai Bingguo will attend. We will release further information in a timely manner.

On your second question, China has been committed to developing China-Myanmar comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation and supporting the Myanmese Government's efforts to promote economic and social development as well as national reconciliation. China would like to conduct exchanges with people committed to China-Myanmar friendly cooperation from all walks of life in Myanmar on the basis of mutual respect and non-interference in internal affairs so as to make the best of China-Myanmar relations for the benefit of the two peoples. In response to Madame Aung San Suu Kyi's repeated requests of making contact with the Chinese side, the Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar met with her and listened to her thoughts.

Q: What was on the agenda of the recently-concluded China-ASEAN Defence and Security Dialogue? Was the South China Sea issue brought up at the meeting?

A: The PLA Military Science Academy hosted the meeting and released relevant information. Please refer to the military for specifics.

Q: Please update us on the meetings between visiting US Special Representative for DPRK Policy Davies and Chinese officials.

A: Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and Special Representative of the Chinese Government for Korean Peninsula Affairs Wu Dawei held meetings and talks with US Special Representative for DPRK Policy Davies respectively on December 14, exchanging views on the resumption of the Six-Party Talks. The Chinese side stated that the Six-Party Talks is an effective mechanism to realize denuclearization of the Peninsula and safeguard lasting peace on the Peninsula and in the region. It serves the common interests of all parties to resume the Six-Party Talks as soon as possible and address each party's concern within the framework of the Talks. China is ready to work with all relevant parties to create conditions for the early resumption of the Six-Party Talks.

Q: Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba referred quite a lot to China in his December 14 speech on Asia-Pacific policy. How does China comment?

A: We have taken note of Foreign Minister Gemba's speech. China is ready to work with Japan to constantly enhance dialogue, increase political mutual trust and deepen exchanges and cooperation across the board on the basis of the four political documents between the two countries, with a view to promoting the healthy and stable development of China-Japan strategic relations of mutual benefit.

Liu Weimin ended the press conference with the announcement that the regular press conference on the next day would be canceled.

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