Hong Lei

  • China backs India's bid for full membership of SCO September 18, 2014

    Beijing: China on Thursday backed India's bid for full membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a Beijingdominated security grouping. "China backs India and Pakistan becoming members of the SCO as the group has agreed to expand its membership," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in a statement. "Beijing believes...
  • China pays homage to Mandela, calls him an 'old friend' December 6, 2013

    Beijing: China mourned the passing of Nelson Mandela and praised the former South African president as "an old friend of the Chinese people." Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said that Mandela made historical contributions to the establishment and development of ChinaSouth Africa relations. "We express deep condolences over the passing of...
  • China welcomes IndoPak PM meet in New York September 30, 2013

    Welcoming the meeting between Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan in New York, China, on Monday, said it supports efforts by the two neighbours to resolve their differences through dialogue as it is critical to the region's peace and stability. "We welcome the efforts made by the leaders of India and...
  • China reacts cautiously to launch of Agni-V missile September 16, 2013

    Reacting cautiously to India's second launch of ballistic missile Agni-V,  China on Monday said both sides should make concerted efforts to enhance political trust and asked media to play a more conducive role to improve bilateral ties. "We have noted relevant reports and comments and hope relevant media can do more,...
  • China backs UN efforts on Syria September 6, 2013

    China supports the United Nations' efforts to resolve the Syria issue, foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said on Friday. "We hope relevant parties continue to keep in touch and deepen negotiations to seek a peaceful, proper solution on Syria," Xinhua quoted Hong as saying. His remarks came in response to a US...
  • China communicating with India on Brahmaputra issue February 5, 2013

    Beijing: China on Monday said it was maintaining "communication and cooperation" with India on the issue of dams on the Brahmaputra river to ensure that no negative impact is caused on the river's lower reaches. "China has always taken a responsible attitude towards crossborder river development. China and India are maintaining...
  • China to construct 3 more dams on Brahmaputra January 31, 2013

    Beijing: China has approved construction of three more dams on Brahmaputra river in Tibet in addition to the one being built, and much to the disquiet of India, it has not been informed about the plans so far. A document approved by the Chinese cabinet recently mentioned three dams to...
  • China: Jiabao's family amasses assets worth $2.7 bn October 26, 2012

    Beijing: A lengthy New York Times expose published on Friday claimed the family of Premier Wen Jiabao has amassed assets worth $2.7 billion through a web of investments, most of it accumulated after he rose to high office in 2002. Chinese censors swiftly blocked the Times' Chineselanguage site that carried...
  • Wish to settle boundary dispute with India: China October 13, 2012

    Beijing: Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the 1962war, China on Friday said that it "wholeheartedly" wishes to solve the border dispute with India through negotiations and maintain a friendly relationship. "China develops in a peaceful way wholeheartedly, and hopes to maintain a friendly and cooperative relationship with India. China...