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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on September 30, 2011

On the afternoon of September 30, 2011, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a regular press conference.

Hong Lei started the press conference with the following announcements:

At the invitation of Premier Wen Jiabao, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation will pay an official visit to China from October 11 to 12 and co-chair the 16th Regular Meeting between Chinese and Russian Prime Ministers with Premier Wen Jiabao. Prior to that, Vice Premier Wang Qishan and State Councillor Liu Yandong will host the 15th Meeting of the Committee of China-Russia Prime Ministers' Regular Meeting and the 12th Meeting of the Committee of China-Russia Cultural Cooperation respectively on October 10 and 11 with Deputy Russian Prime Minister Zhukov.

At the invitation of Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Iurie Leanca, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova will pay an official visit to China from October 11 to 14.

Q: Myanmar has reportedly called off a hydropower station project invested by China. What is China's comment?

A: China has noted relevant report and is verifying it.

Q: Visiting US Under Treasury Secretary Brainard was quoted as saying that she would raise the RMB exchange rate issue during her stay in Beijing. Please brief us on that.

A: It is learned that US Under Treasury Secretary Brainard is in Beijing for a visit today. Heads of relevant ministries will meet with her.

Q: Please shed light on the arrangements of Prime Minister Putin's visit to China as well as the agenda items of the meeting between Chinese and Russian Prime Ministers. How does China comment on the current China-Russia relations?

A: Apart from co-hosting the 16th Regular Meeting between Chinese and Russian Prime Ministers with Premier Wen Jiabao, Prime Minister Putin will also meet with President Hu Jintao and other Chinese leaders during his stay in China. Leaders of both sides will have an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations as well as international and regional issues of common interest.

Since its launch in 1996, the mechanism of the regular meeting between Chinese and Russian Prime Ministers has become an important platform for guiding and coordinating bilateral practical cooperation across the board. This meeting is to fully summarize the cooperation achievements attained in various fields since the 15th regular meeting, promote the implementation of the consensus and agreements reached by both leaders during President Hu Jintao's visit to Russia last June, chart the course for bilateral practical cooperation in the next stage and push for in-depth development of China-Russia cooperation in the economic, trade, cultural and other fields.

China and Russia are friendly neighbors and partners of strategic coordination. China-Russia relations have maintained the momentum of sound development and gained a variety of remarkable achievements over the years. The two sides enjoy frequent exchange of high-level visits, staunchly support each other on sovereignty, security, development and other issues of core interests and constantly deepen political and strategic mutual trust. Bilateral practical cooperation keeps expanding with a batch of large-scale cooperation projects launched in energy, science and technology, military technology, local collaboration and other key areas, vigorously promoting the development and rejuvenation of both countries. Cultural and people-to-people exchanges between the two countries are in full swing and the aspiration for peace and enduring friendship finds its way even deeper into the hearts of the people, thus placing bilateral relations on a more solid foundation of social and public support. The two sides have jointly tackled changes of the international landscape and conducted close coordination and cooperation on the international stage, safeguarding the common interests of both countries and making important contributions to a multi-polar world as well as democracy in international relations.

President Hu Jintao paid a successful and historic state visit to Russia last June. Leaders of the two countries summed up the experience and achievements of China-Russia relations in the past decade since the signing of the Treaty on Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation between China and Russia, charted the course for the development of bilateral relations and laid out the goals for bilateral cooperation in different fields in the coming decade. Both sides pledged to develop the comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination featuring equality, trust, mutual support, common prosperity and lasting friendship and decided to raise the two-way trade volume to US$ 100 billion by 2015 and to US$ 200 billion by 2020 and push forward cooperation in various fields, including politics, economy, energy, science and technology, military, local collaboration as well as cultural and people-to-people exchanges. We believe that with the concerted efforts of both sides, China-Russia strategic partnership of coordination will be elevated to a new high and bilateral cooperation across the board will yield more fruits for the benefit of the two countries and the two peoples.

Q: South African Deputy President Motlanthe is visiting China. Please brief us on Chinese leaders' meetings with him.

A: President Hu Jintao met with visiting South African Deputy President Motlanthe this morning. President Hu Jintao said that people from China and South Africa cherish deep traditional friendship. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1998, bilateral relations have developed rapidly in an all-round manner. During President Zuma's successful visit to China in August last year, the two sides inked the Beijing Declaration which declared the inception of China-South Africa comprehensive strategic partnership as well as the advent of a new development stage of bilateral relations. China and South Africa should further enhance strategic communication, deepen political mutual trust and intensify multi-tiered exchanges and cooperation so as to push forward bilateral relations along the established track in a sustained and rapid way. Bearing in mind their respective development plans and strategies, the two sides should scale up and tap the potentials of cooperation, enhance cooperation in key areas and on key projects in a bid to bring China-South Africa practical cooperation to a higher level and a broader realm and realize the goals and tasks of the Beijing Declaration.

Premier Wen Jiabao also met with Deputy President Motlanthe yesterday. Premier Wen Jiabao highlighted the broad prospect of China-South Africa practical cooperation. The two sides should improve trade and investment cooperation in both scale and level. China welcomes more competitive products from South Africa into the Chinese market, encourages Chinese enterprises and financial institutions to participate in the infrastructure construction such as transportation, energy and telecommunication in South Africa and supports both sides expanding cooperation in new and renewable energies, manufacturing, green economy, agriculture and other fields. China would like to enhance exchanges with South Arica in education, culture, health and other fields. China values the important role played by South Africa in promoting China-Africa friendship and cooperation and stands ready to work with South Africa to inject new impetus to the new type of China-Africa strategic partnership.

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