Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on December 16, 2015

Q: On December 15, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conducted a meeting of the Board of Governors and adopted a new resolution on the Iranian nuclear issue. What is your comment?

A: China welcomes the adoption of a resolution by the IAEA Board of Governors on December 15 which will close investigations into possible military dimensions to the Iranian nuclear program and pave the way for the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). China commends the efforts made by the IAEA and Iran for the settlement of the issue.

The preparatory work for implementing the JCPOA is going well as P5+1 and Iran have taken concrete actions to show their political support. The Chinese side stands ready to work with the other parties, act in strict accordance with the JCPOA, and speed up all preparatory work so that the Implementation Day can come at an early date.

After the press conference, the following questions were raised:

Q: It is reported that the 3rd foreign ministers’ meeting on Syria will be held in New York on December 18. Will China attend the meeting? What is China’s expectation for the meeting?

A: China welcomes and supports the 3rd foreign ministers’ meeting of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG). As a member of the ISSG, China will actively participate in the meeting. In our view, the goal of the meeting is to achieve more positive and practical results based on the outcomes of the previous two foreign ministers’ meetings. The focus is to build up consensus on major issues like the launch of political dialogue between the Syrian government and the opposition as well as the national ceasefire arrangements so as to move forward Syria’s political process. China stands ready to work with all parties to contribute to the political settlement of the Syrian issue.

Q: The BBC reported that China’s construction activities on relevant islands and reefs in the South China Sea have damaged marine ecological environment. What is China’s response?

A: The relevant report is severely biased and misleading. The Nansha Islands are China’s territory. China cares about ecological protection of relevant islands, reefs and waters more than anyone. China has gone through scientific evaluation and argumentation before undertaking the construction on the islands and reefs. Placing equal emphasis on construction and protection, China has taken into full account issues like ecological environment and fishery protection, strictly followed environmental standards and requirements during construction, and adopted many effective measures to protect ecological environment.

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