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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on October 31, 2011

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei started the press conference with the following announcements:

At the invitation of Russian Prime Minister Putin, Premier Wen Jiabao of the State Council will attend the 10th Shanghai Cooperation Organization Prime Ministers' Meeting in Saint Petersburg, Russia from November 6 to 8.

At 3:40 pm tomorrow afternoon, Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping will give a press briefing on Premier Wen's attendance of the meeting. You are all welcome. The regular press conference will be adjourned tomorrow.

Q: Please brief us on the visit to Syria by Chinese Special Envoy Wu Sike on the Middle East issue. What efforts does China think the Syrian Government should make to solve the current crisis?

A: Special Envoy Wu Sike on the Middle East issue paid a visit to Syria from October 26 to 28. He met with Syrian Vice President Sharaa and Foreign Minister Muallem respectively. He also met with leaders from the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change and the Popular Front for Change and Liberation of Syria and had in-depth exchange of views with them on the Syrian situation.

Wu Sike said that the Chinese side has been highly concerned over the developments of the Syrian situation and believes that the pressing task now is for all parties in Syria to bear in mind the interests of the country and the people, immediately put an end to all violence and bloodshed to ease the tension as soon as possible. At the same time, the Syrian Government should speed up the implem