China welcomes the establishment of an Asia-Pacific regional office of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, a government spokesman said Thursday.
China is ready to work with other members of the conference in the Asia-Pacific region, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said.
"China believes the establishment of the office will help to promote cooperation regarding international civil and commercial private law in the region," Liu said.
The conference's Council on General Affairs and Policy decided during a meeting held from April 17 to 20 to establish the office in Hong Kong this year.
A formal consultation process on the proposal to establish a regional office in Hong Kong commenced in 2009. The office will be the second regional office of the Hague Conference, in addition to its Latin American regional office in Buenos Aires.