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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on April 6, 2012

Hong Lei started the press conference with the following announcement:

At the invitation of the British Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, the Federal Government of Belgium and the Government of Cyprus, State Councillor Liu Yandong will pay visits to the UK, the EU headquarters, Belgium and Cyprus from April 12 to 21. During her visit to the UK, State Councillor Liu will co-chair the first meeting of China-UK high-level people-to-people exchange mechanism with the British side and attend London Book Fair guest of honor activities. During her visit to the EU, State Councillor Liu will co-chair the first meeting of China-EU high-level people-to-people exchange mechanism with the European side and attend relevant activities such as the forum of China-EU high-level people-to-people exchange mechanism.

Q: Japan and some other countries are deploying missiles in response to the DPRK's satellite launch. Will China take measures to respond too?

A: After the DPRK announced its satellite launch, China immediately expressed worries and concerns. We believe maintaining peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and northeast Asia serves the common interests of all parties and is also the common responsibility of all. Under the current circumstances, China calls on relevant parties to exercise calmness and restraint, and avoid the reversal of the hard-won relaxation of tension on the Peninsula.

Q: The sixth China-Japan-ROK Foreign Ministers Meeting will be held in Ningbo from April 7 to 8. What main topics will be discussed by the three foreign ministers? What expectation does China have of the meeting?

A: The foreign ministers of the three countries will have in-depth exchange of views on the progress of trilateral cooperation and its future direction, the preparation for the fifth China-Japan-ROK Leaders Meeting, regional and international issues and so on. It is believed that the Foreign Ministers Meeting will achieve positive outcome with the joint efforts of the three parties.

Q: It is learned that the P5 plus one countries have agreed with Iran to hold a dialogue on April 14 but not yet on the venue. What's China's view on the dialogue venue?

A: The P5 plus one countries have agreed with Iran to hold a dialogue on April 14. We believe the venue is not the most important. What matters most is that the P5 plus one countries and Iran launch a constructive and continuous dialogue process as soon as possible and commit themselves to the comprehensive, long-term and proper settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue. We hope all parties concerned will step up communication, show necessary flexibility and agree on the venue at an early date.

Q: First, it is reported that China Shipowners Mutual Assurance Association will stop providing indemnity insurance for oil tankers transporting Iranian oil starting from July 2012. How does China comment? Second, the Ministry of Public Security released the third installment of the list of identified terrorist activities. Is the "South Asian country" mentioned in the release referring to a specific country?

A: On your first question, I am not aware of the specifics. I want to point out that China always opposes unilateral sanctions imposed by one country on another by using its domestic laws, let alone accepting such sanctions to be imposed on a third country.

On your second question, the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) and its leadership are the terrorist organization and individuals designated by the UN Security Council. This is the consensus of the international community. For a long time, the ETIM has rampantly staged anti-China activities of violence and terrorism in and outside China, causing huge civilian casualties and property losses. There is overwhelming evidence for it. The activities of violence and terrorism not only pose grave threat to the national security of China, but also severely threaten the peace and stability of relevant countries and the region. Cracking down on the ETIM is an important part of the international fight against terrorism. The international community should unite as one to fight terrorism together in order to maintain world peace and stability.

As for certain country mentioned in the release, I am not aware of the specifics. Please refer to competent authorities.

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