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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Liu Weimin's Regular Press Conference on February 15, 2012

Liu Weimin started the press conference with the following announcement:

At the invitation of Vice Premier Hui Liangyu of the State Council, Marino Alberto Murillo Jorge, Vice President of the Cuban Council of Ministers will pay a working visit to China from February 19 to 25.

Cuba was the first Latin American country to establish diplomatic ties with China. China-Cuba relations have developed smoothly with frequent exchange of high-level visits, ever-deepening political mutual trust and extensive practical cooperation across the board. China would like to work with the Cuban side to push for comprehensive and in-depth development of China-Cuba mutually beneficial and friendly relationship of cooperation.

Q: Chinese and EU leaders had an extensive exchange of views on international and regional situations at the Summit held on February 14. How does China comment on the outcome of the meeting?

A: The fourteenth China-EU Summit held in a friendly atmosphere yesterday was a success with fruitful results. Leaders from both sides had an in-depth exchange of views on the international landscape, China-EU relations, regional hotspots and other issues and reached important consensus on deepening cooperation in investment, trade, scientific research, innovation, energy, environmental protection, urbanization and people-to-people exchanges. Chinese leaders explicitly stated that China supports EU's efforts against the European debt issue, has faith in both the euro and the European economy and would like to stay in touch with the European side on greater participation in resolving the European debt issue. European leaders expressed welcome to that. The Summit sends out a clear message that China and the EU are jointly combating the crisis, deepening partnership, promoting their respective development and the strong and sustainable growth of the world economy, which injects impetus to the development of China-EU relations.

The Chinese side said that over the years China has achieved sustained and fast economic development and stable advancement of social and political reforms. By striving for a peaceful international environment, China achieves self-development which in return safeguards world peace and promotes common development. We will press ahead with reform and opening up, stick fast to the path of peaceful development and make contribution to world peace and prosperity.

Q: Please brief us on the purpose and agenda of Vice President Xi Jinping's visit to Ireland. Separately, the annual survey report recently released by the US Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai showed that nearly 70% of US enterprises in China felt China's enforcement of IPR had either not improved or deteriorated over the past year. What is China's comment?

A: Vice President Xi Jinping will pay an official visit to Ireland from February 18 to 20. During his visit, Vice President Xi will hold talks with Prime Minister Kenny and meet with President Higgins, Speaker Barrett of the House of Representatives, Speaker Burke of the Senate, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Gilmore and other Irish leaders to have an in-depth exchange of views on China-Ireland, China-EU relations and other issues of common interest.

China and Ireland share traditional friendship. Over recent years, the two sides have kept the momentum of high-level exchanges, made concrete progress in cooperation across the board and constantly deepened mutual understanding and friendship. Against the backdrop of slow world economic recovery and increasing challenges for the international community, further developing China-Ireland relations is in the common interests of the two countries and two peoples and in line with the major direction of the development of China-EU relations. We expect the visit to further deepen bilateral friendship and promote practical cooperation in a bid to elevate China-Ireland relations to a new high and constantly advance China-EU relations.

On your second question, China has noted the concerns of foreign-funded enterprises in China over IPR protection. We have been endeavouring to intensify IPR protection, safeguard foreign-funded enterprises' legitimate rights and interests and create a fairer and more transparent investment environment. Our efforts have paid off. What we have done is not yielding to external pressure since IPR protection serves the long-term interests of China itself. We will continue to enhance IPR protection. We also hope that the outside world will understand that it takes time for China, a vast country, to improve IPR protection to which China has firm commitment.

Q: It is reported that the G20 rotating president Mexico will hold an unofficial foreign ministers' meeting in Los Cabos soon. Please brief us on that.

A: The G20 rotating president Mexico will hold an unofficial foreign ministers' meeting in Los Cabos from February 19 to 20, inviting G20 members and 11 non-G20 members, such as Benin, Cambodia and Chile which hold presidencies of the Arab League, the ASEAN and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States respectively. Assistant Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu will lead a delegation to the meeting. The theme of this unofficial meeting is to enhance global governance with a focus on the role of G20, multilateralism, development and other issues.

China always supports G20 in playing an important role in global economic governance and expects that the G20 Summit this year will bring to bear G20 members' spirit of partnership featuring solidarity and cooperation, increase input in areas such as international economy, finance, trade and development, push for strong, sustainable and balanced growth of the world economy, and in particular, maintain and enhance the momentum of world economic recovery. We hope that this unofficial foreign ministers' meeting and various preparation mechanisms of the G20 Summit will serve for the realization of the above goal.

Q: How does China comment on Vice President Xi Jinping's visit to the US up till now?

A: Vice President Xi Jinping's visit to the US is going well. He met and held talks with US leaders yesterday, having an in-depth and candid exchange of views on China-US relations as well as international and regional issues of common interest. Both sides reiterated their commitment to pushing forward China-US cooperative partnership. We have released the specifics of the visit in great details, to which you may refer.

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