China's standpoint on Diaoyu Islands, DPRK satellite and Myanmar clashes

2013-01-21 23:42:26 GMT2013-01-22 07:42:26(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

China, Japan keeping communication on Diaoyu Islands

A spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry said Monday that the country is maintaining communication with Japan on the Diaoyu Islands issue.

At a daily pressing briefing, spokesman Hong Lei said China urges Japan to calmly handle the Diaoyu Islands issue and show sincerity in working with China to properly resolve and control the situation.

Hong said China consistently advocates resolving territorial disputes through dialogue and consultation, while the country is determined to protect, and capable of defending, its territorial sovereignty.

The official patrols of Chinese ships in the country's territorial sea area surrounding the Diaoyu Islands are normal and in line with the country's jurisdiction, Hong said, stressing that Japan's so-called "existence on," or "control of," the relevant sea area is illegal and invalid.

China urges UNSC calm on DPRK satellite

China on Monday called on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to react calmly to the recent satellite launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

"China maintains that the UNSC's reaction be prudent and moderate, work for the peace and stability of the (Korean) Peninsula and avoid the progressive escalation of tensions," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a daily press briefing on Monday.

Hong's remarks came when asked to comment on reports that the UNSC is likely to pass a resolution on the DPRK's satellite launch.

Last month, the second version of Kwangmyongsong-3 successfully lifted off from the Sohae Space Center aboard carrier rocket Unha-3 and entered the pre-set orbit, according to DPRK media.

The satellite launch drew a wave of protests. The UN Security Council condemned it, calling it the move "a clear violation" of council resolutions. The United States and its allies saw the launch as a disguised test of the DPRK's long-range ballistic missile capabilities.

Hong said China has repeatedly expressed its position on DPRK satellite launches, stressing regret over the issue.

"Based on such a stance, China has constructively participated in the recent UNSC negotiations," Hong said.

China, Japan keeping communication on Diaoyu Islands

A spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry said Monday that the country is maintaining communication with Japan on the Diaoyu Islands issue.

At a daily pressing briefing, spokesman Hong Lei said China urges Japan to calmly handle the Diaoyu Islands issue and show sincerity in working with China to properly resolve and control the situation.

Hong said China consistently advocates resolving territorial disputes through dialogue and consultation, while the country is determined to protect, and capable of defending, its territorial sovereignty.

The official patrols of Chinese ships in the country's territorial sea area surrounding the Diaoyu Islands are normal and in line with the country's jurisdiction, Hong said, stressing that Japan's so-called "existence on," or "control of," the relevant sea area is illegal and invalid.

Myanmar-China border area stable, says FM spokesman

A Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tuesday that the border area between China and Myanmar is stable following the Myanmar government's announcement that it would cease fighting with the ethnic Kachin Independence Army in northern Myanmar.

"According to information from Yunnan province (in southwest China), the situation on the Chinese side of the border with Myanmar is currently stable," spokesman Hong Lei said at a daily press briefing.

The provincial government has taken measures to protect Chinese and their property in the border area, the spokesman said.

"The Chinese side is paying great attention to the situation in north Myanmar," Hong said, urging all concerned parties to fully cease fire as soon as possible in order to maintain peace and tranquility along the China-Myanmar border.

"China is in close contact with all concerned parties and is playing a constructive role," he added.

During the briefing, Hong called on the parties to start negotiating in order to end the violence in the region.

"We believe that talks are the only correct solution to the north Myanmar conflict and expect all related parties to seek a ceasefire and start negotiations," Hong said.

Hong's comments also came after the Chinese government's special envoy Fu Ying traveled to Yangon and met with Myanmar President U Thein Sein on Saturday.

As neighbors, China and Myanmar share a 2,200-km border and citizens of both nations living on the border are closely linked, Hong said.

"Turmoil in one country will definitely affect the other country along the border," Hong said. "The Chinese government is closely watching the development of the situation along the China-Myanmar border."

Myanmar conflict requires negotiation

A Foreign Ministry spokesman on Monday called on concerned parties in Myanmar to begin negotiating in order to end the violence in the region.

"We believe that talks are the only correct solution to the north Myanmar conflict and expect all related parties to seek a ceasefire and start negotiations," spokesman Hong Lei said at a daily press briefing.

Hong's comments came after the Myanmar government announced on Friday that it would cease fighting with the ethnic Kachin Independence Army.

Hong's comments also came after the Chinese government's special envoy Fu Ying traveled to Yangon and met with Myanmar President U Thein Sein on Saturday.

As neighbors, China and Myanmar share a 2,200-km border and citizens of both nations living on the border are closely linked, Hong said.

"Turmoil in one country will definitely affect the other country along the border," Hong said. "The Chinese government is closely watching the development of the situation along the China-Myanmar border."

Hong said China will continue to play a constructive role and effectively safeguard peace along the border.

"We sincerely expect the parties concerned to resolve their differences through negotiations, realize the peaceful coexistence of all ethnic groups and make the China-Myanmar border area a source of cooperation between the two countries," Hong said.

China underlines coherence between peacekeeping and peacebuilding

The coherence between peacekeeping and peacebuilding should be enhanced when formulating mandates for UN peacekeeping, China said here on Monday.

Li Baodong, the Chinese permanent representative to the United Nations, made the statement while speaking at an open debate of the UN Security Council on a multidimensional approach to UN peacekeeping.

"The correlation between peacekeeping and peacebuilding is important. When formulating mandates, priority must be given to the urgent need of consolidating and maintaining peace," Li said.

"Peacebuilding is a long-term arduous task and can not be achieved by peacekeeping operations alone," Li noted. "The United Nations should mobilize the capacities of such important actors as the World Bank and other international stakeholders in the overall effort to strengthen peacebuilding activities."

The Chinese envoy also pointed out that peacekeeping missions, while carrying out their mandate, should follow the principle of respect for the sovereignty and wishes of host countries, and ensure that their activities are aligned with host country needs.

"It is necessary to consider the current situation on the ground while keeping an eye on long-term issues. The inclusion of peacebuilding functions in some peacekeeping mandates must be accompanied by the provision of the necessary human and financial resources," he added.

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