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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on May 18, 2012

On May 18, 2012, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference.

Hong Lei started the press conference with the following announcement.

At the invitation of Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Louise Mushikiwabo of the Republic of Rwanda will pay an official visit to China from May 21 to 26.

Q: It is reported that a Philippine group led by a retired military official originally prepared to land on the Huangyan Island by boat and plant a Philippine flag there, but canceled their plan after Philippine President intervened. How does China comment?

A: We have noticed the press reports you just mentioned. The Huangyan Island is China's inherent territory. China will continue to stay on high alert over the Island to prevent any provocative acts. We also hope relevant parties of the Philippines will stop making irresponsible remarks or inciting radical behaviours, come back to the right track of the diplomatic resolution of the issue and send a clear and consistent message to this end.

Q: Please update us on the latest developments of the detention of Chinese fishing boats by the DPRK.

A: China and the DPRK have stayed in close communication on the recent fishery cases and strive for an early and proper resolution of relevant issue.

Q: How does China comment on the current escalation of the European debt crisis and the Greek situation? Is China concerned that the economy of China and the world will be affected?

A: China's position on the European debt crisis has been clear. We believe the current difficulties facing Europe are just temporary and the European side has the capacity and wisdom to overcome them and embrace new development. The European economy is closely related to that of the world. We hope to see restoration of economic growth in Europe. China has provided strong support to Europe within our capacity, and we will continue to do so.

Q: It is reported that the Indian Defence Minister Antony said on May 16 that in the past two and half years, the Chinese army altogether crossed the border for over 500 times. How does China comment?

A: China's position on the China-India boundary issue has been clear and consistent. China has been upholding relevant bilateral agreement and is committed to peace and stability of the border areas between the two countries.

Q: First question, the US recently ruled that anti-dumping tariff should be imposed on China's solar panels. How does China comment? Second question, Lai Changxing was sentenced to life imprisonment. How does China comment? What impact will this have on China-Canada relations?

A: On your first question, we are severely concerned and strongly dissatisfied with the US move. China's solar panels enjoy competitive edge in the US because of the Chinese companies' continuous efforts in the research and development of advanced technologies, update of managerial philosophy and cutting operational costs. Chinese and American companies have enjoyed close cooperation in the fields of solar panel production and new energy. While exporting products to the US, Chinese enterprises have also been importing raw materials and equipment from the US.

The US restrictions on Chinese solar panels will harm the interests of both China and the US. More importantly, they will affect the development of the US clean energy industry and China-US cooperation in the new energy field. China urges the US to bear in mind the interests of long-term cooperation and win-win outcome and prudently handle their trade problems in the new energy area such as solar panels in order to uphold the sound and healthy development of China-US business ties.

On your second question, Lai Changxing was sentenced to life imprisonment in Xiamen today. The trial of this case shows the Chinese Government's firm resolve in combating crimes and corruption. At the same time, it also shows the significance of China-Canada law enforcement cooperation. China is ready to work with Canada to deepen practical cooperation across the board including law-enforcement cooperation based on mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit with a view to boosting bilateral relations.

Q: It is reported that the Naha District Court in Japan decided on May 17 to drop its charges against the Chinese fishing boat captain Zhan Qixiong involved in the boat collision incident off the Diaoyu Island on the ground that the charge sheet was not served within the time limit. How does China comment?

A: The Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islets have been China's inherent territory since ancient times. China has indisputable sovereignty over them. Japan has no right to take any forms of the so-called judicial procedures against Chinese nationals over the Diaoyu Island issue.

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