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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on December 27, 2012

2012/12/28

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on December 27, 2012.

Q: First, the new Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary reportedly said on December 26 that the new Japanese administration will inherit the spirit of Tomiichi Murayama's statement on historical issues. What is China's comment? Second, on the issue concerning "comfort women", the Japanese government said "it was desirable to review and study" relevant issue. What is China's comment?

A: On your first question, we have noted the Japanese government's remarks and hope that the Japanese side could match their words and commitment with deeds.

On your second question, the forced conscription of "comfort women" was a grave crime committed by the Japanese militarism against the invaded countries including China during the Second World War. China has long been urging the Japanese side to be responsible to history, face squarely and reflect on its history of invasion, respect the feelings of people in victimized countries and deal with this issue left over by history in a serious and appropriate manner.

Q: International health experts warned that fake drugs mainly produced by China have flooded into Africa, posing a threat to public health of some African regions. What is China's comment?

A: This allegation is groundless. In fact, the Chinese government has conducted active cooperation with African countries in the field of medical and health care, playing an important role in improving African people's health and raising the health care level in Africa.

China has helped Africa with building hospitals and malaria control centers, sent medical teams to African countries, provided medicine and medical equipments to them and conducted exchanges and training of medical staff for African countries. China puts a premium on drug safety and fights resolutely against the production and sales of fake drugs. China follows world-recognized principles and practices in the management of medicine export, provides certificates to qualified drugs as required by the World Health Organization and adopts tough measures against fake drugs. At the same time, we hope that foreign traders could buy drugs from legitimate enterprises through legal means.

China is ready to work together with the African side to deepen medical and health cooperation so as to deliver tangible benefits to the African people.

Q: It is reported that the Fifth Committee of the UN General Assembly recently increased China's share of UN contributions from 3.2% to 5.15%, making it the 6th largest UN contributor. Comments say that this reflects the elevation of China's economic strength and international status. However, membership dues paid by China and other emerging countries are still incommensurate with their share in the world economy. What is China's comment?

A: China has been earnestly fulfilling its duty of paying UN membership dues and supports UN's central role in international affairs. Recently, UN members reached consensus on the payment shareout from 2013 to 2015 in accordance with the principle of the "capacity to pay" based on broad consultation. There is an increase in China's payment, which reflects China's role as a responsible major country. In the future, with China's constant development, we will continue to shoulder our international obligations and make due contribution to the UN's cause of maintaining world peace and development.

At the same time, I want to point out that China remains a developing country. According to the poverty standard of the UN, there were still 150 million people in China living under the poverty line by 2010. China still have to overcome a lot of difficulties and challenges before reaching the goal of a moderately prosperous society in an all-round way. I suggest that the international community and media that are interested in China's development have a more objective and comprehensive understanding of China. It is biased to overstate China's international obligation based on the GDP data only.

Q: Shinzo Abe said yesterday that the Japanese government should revise the defense program to enhance the capability and system of Japan's Self-Defense Forces and reinforce Japan-US military alliance. How does China comment?

A: I have already expounded on China's position several times. We believe that the sound and steady development of China-Japan relations serves the fundamental interests of both countries and peoples. We hope the Japanese government could work with the Chinese side to push for the sound and steady development of bilateral relations based on the four political documents between China and Japan.

The Chinese side follows closely the political trends in Japan. We hope that Japan will take the path of peaceful development and play a constructive role for regional peace and stability.

As for Japan-US military alliance, we have also made clear China's position many times. As a bilateral arrangement formed under special historical conditions, the alliance should not go beyond the bilateral scope and undermine the interests of a third party, including those of China.

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