Q: A preparatory meeting for the ROK-DPRK intergovernmental dialogue concluded on November 27, during which the two sides agreed to hold an intergovernmental dialogue at vice-ministerial level at the Kaesong industrial park on December 11 for discussions on improving bilateral relations. What is China's comment on that?
A: We welcome the relevant consensus reached by the DPRK and the ROK. It is hoped that the intergovernmental dialogue between the two countries will proceed smoothly and produce positive results.
After the press conference, a journalist asked: Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was waiting for an apology or an offer to compensate from the Turkish side for the downing of a Russian fighter jet. A Kremlin spokesperson also asked the Turkish side for a realistic explanation. The Turkish side replied that they have nothing to apologize for, since the downing of the plane was an automatic response in line with Turkish military's rules. What is China's comment?
Hong Lei: It is tragic that a Russian fighter jet was shot down and a pilot killed. We sympathize with that. We believe that it is the international community's joint and pressing task to fight against terrorism. All relevant parties should increase communication so as to avoid raising the tension. The international community should work hard to enhance coordination and cooperation in the counter-terrorism campaign and prevent similar incidents from happening again.